Horses Fine, Jockeys Evaluated After Three-Way Spill At Belmont

A three-horse spill at Belmont resulted in no injuries to horses and evaluations for riders after a scary incident in the eighth race on Thursday. Sport Model, piloted by Junior Alvarado, clipped heels with rival Wish For Magic at the 5/16ths pole and tripped badly, dropping Alvarado. At the time, Sport Model was ahead of several horses. Undetectable, with Manuel Franco up, was bumped around the same time and then fell over Sport Model. Sailor’s Treasure with rider Pablo Fragoso collided with the fallen horses and also fell.

All three horses got up quickly and were caught by outriders before being led off the track.

According to a NYRA spokesman, Franco was cleared by first aid at the track. Alvarado and Fragoso were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Tests and scans on Alvarado to check for traumatic brain injury were negative and he was sent home. Fragoso is also believed to have escaped serious injury.

Several horses who remained upright during the incident had to check sharply and were eased through the final part of the race, according to the Equibase chart — New York Banker, Lass, and Madame Rose, who finished seventh, eighth, and ninth.

Earlier in the card, rider Jose Ortiz was unseated in the fifth race by Fast Getaway. He was cleared to return to work by first aid and the horse returned to his connections by the finish line.

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