Gracia upgraded to stable
Jockey Jason Gracia has been upgraded from critical to stable condition following a spill Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Gracia suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a hairline fracture of his neck, said his agent Jorge Velasquez, the former Hall of Fame rider. Gracia will be further evaluated Sunday in the Intensive Care Unit at Jamaica Hospital.
Gracia, 28, will be sidelined indefinitely. An apprentice rider, Gracia is 5 for 278.
Jose Bermudez, the other jockey in the spill, suffered bruised ribs and was released from North Shore Medical Center.
In the race, Ryan and Jack stumbled and fell on the far turn, throwing Gracia to the turf. October Dreams collided with Ryan and Jack as he was on the ground, unseating Bermudez.
October Dreams appeared to be uninjured. Ryan and Jack, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered a skull fracture and was euthanized.