Jockey Rosario upgraded to stable condition in Va.

He has severe concussion after spill, his agent says

Horse Racing

July 11, 2002|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Yamil Rosario, one of the jockeys injured Tuesday in a spill at Colonial Downs in Virginia, was upgraded from critical to stable condition yesterday at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond.

Paul Plymire, his agent, said that doctors told him the jockey, who is 19, should fully recover. Plymire said last night that Rosario, a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Laurel, was being moved from intensive care into a regular room.

"It's just a very, very severe concussion," Plymire said. "There are no broken bones, no bleeding in the brain. Doctors said it might take weeks, or it might take months, but they said Yamil will be able to ride again."

Rosario, who began riding in Maryland in January, was knocked unconscious when, witnesses said, his mount in Tuesday's fifth race at Colonial Downs, Pyrite Missy, clipped heels with another horse and fell.

That caused Queen Cayman to fall. Apparently, neither horse was injured.

Omar Klinger, riding Queen Cayman, suffered multiple collarbone fractures, said Kevin Witte, his agent.

He said that Klinger, who was back in Maryland, would undergo surgery probably this week and be sidelined about three months.

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