12/05/2008 12:00AM

Three-horse spill at Beulah


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Three jockeys were taken to local hospitals after a three-horse spill at Beulah Park in the third race on Friday.

Ronnigan, ridden by Jareth Loveberry, broke down while dueling for the lead entering the turn of the five-furlong race, throwing Loveberry over his head and to the ground. Classic Style, ridden by apprentice Chris Fackler, fell over the fallen horse and threw Fackler to the ground, and then Casino Sally, ridden by Wilkin Ortiz, fell over them.

Ortiz, initially knocked unconscious, was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he was being kept for observation after a concussion was diagnosed. He is in stable condition and alert, according to officials at Grant.

Fackler and Loveberry were taken to Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus for treatment. Fackler was up and walking after the spill and complained of a sore collarbone. Loveberry had pain on his left side, both his ribs and knee. They were both in stable condition, alert, and having X-rays taken, according to Mt. Carmel officials.