09/16/2006 12:00AM

Two spills at La. Downs


Three riders were involved in two spills early on Saturday's card at Louisiana Downs. All three of the riders - the apprentice Cody Meche, Anthony Lovato, and Michael Wright - appeared to escape serious injury.

In the first race, the tiring Deputy O'Neal shied in the stretch and ducked into the rail, unseating Meche. Deputy O'Neal appeared uninjured while Meche, though slightly shaken up, kept his riding commitments for the remainder of the day.

In the second race, Bring'n the Thunda broke down midway on the turn and threw Lovato to the ground. Hevenly Sign fell over the stricken Bring'n the Thunda and unseated Wright. Wright and his mount were both uninjured. Lovato complained of sore ribs and was taken off the remainder of his mounts on the afternoon. Bring'n the Thunda was euthanized on the track.