07/04/2005 11:00PM

Two Texas riders hurt


Jockey Casey Lambert was in stable condition Tuesday at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, where he was being treated for a broken jaw, fractured ribs, and a punctured lung after a spill in the ninth race Monday at Lone Star Park.

Lambert was injured when his mount, Eunever, broke down near the quarter pole.

After being thrown, Lambert was hit by trailing horses. He was unconscious for a few minutes, but when he came to, he had movement in all of his extremities, according to officials at Lone Star.

"The doctors said there appears to be no head trauma or head injuries," said Eddie Rodriguez, the assistant chaplain at Lone Star.

Jockeys Cathleen Garner and Jesus Rodriguez, unable to avoid the fallen horse, were thrown from their mounts but escaped serious injury.

Lambert, 39, is the seventh-leading rider at Lone Star.

Eunever was vanned off following the race.

At University Hospital in San Antonio, jockey Akili Gray was in critical condition Tuesday after brain surgery for an aneurysm on Saturday, said Sam Spence, a chaplain serving racetracks in Texas.

Gray was injured in the fourth race Saturday at Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas. His mount stumbled and threw him, and he was hit by trailing horses.

Spence said the surgery went well, and that on Sunday jockeys at Gillespie passed their helmets around the grandstand and collected $3,650 in donations for Gray.