Jockey Luis Saez, the second-leading rider at the Championship Meet, will return this week after escaping serious injury during a spill in Saturday’s 10th race.
Richard DePass, Saez’s agent, said the 23-year-old native of Panama was banged up but otherwise fine after being thrown over the head of his mount, Squadron A, when the 6-year-old gelding stumbled approaching the stretch of the one-mile main track event.
Saez was loaded by stretcher onto a waiting ambulance and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for observation complaining of wrist, ankle and chest pain. He was replaced on his three remaining mounts Saturday and each of his seven on Sunday.
“X-rays showed no broken bones, but he’s a little sore today so he’s off his mounts,” DePass said. “He’ll be back riding Friday.”
Saez entered Sunday second to four-time defending champion Javier Castellano with 81 wins and $2,681,358 in purse earnings at the Championship Meet.