08/12/2002 12:00AM

Three riders down in Columbus spill


COLUMBUS, Neb. - Jockeys Jerry Carkeek, Jiri Peterka, and Chris Schooley were hospitalized Saturday night following a three-horse spill in the third race at Columbus Races.

Carkeek, aboard Delirious, was making a four-wide move into the far turn when his mount brushed with another runner, Hysteria, and fell. Schooley's mount, Night Before, attempted to jump the fallen horse but made contact with the downed horse to stumble and unseat Schooley. Jiri Peterka, aboard Talbott Tavern, then came through along the rail and clipped the legs of the fallen Delirious and also fell.

All three riders were taken to the Columbus Hospital. Carkeek was later moved to an Omaha hospital for further testing of a spot on the back of his skull. Peterka broke his thigh bone and will miss the rest of the year. Schooley was able to walk off the track with help. Tests for broken ribs came back negative.