02/20/2004 12:00AM

Two riders out for months


Jockeys Tony Black and Anibal Prado will be sidelined approximately three months while the recuperate from serious injuries as the result of a five-horse spill last Sunday at Philadelphia Park.

Black sustained a severe concussion, a broken left thumb, and small fractures to the bottom of his spinal column and pelvic bone.

Prado had surgery to repair a compound fracture of the bone above his right elbow.

Black and Prado were both released from Torresdale-Frankford Hospital on Wednesday.

Three other jockeys sustained minor injuries. Eberd Estrada needed stitches to close a gash on his right leg and is listed as day to day. Clinton Potts and Jorge Duarte Jr. have already resumed riding.

Black's mount, Little Diva, broke down in her right front while racing on the lead near the top of the stretch in the 10th race, triggering a chain reaction accident involving four of the 10 trailing horses.