2002-06-13 / Front Page

Jockeys are injured when horses crash on first turn Rachel Lavoy suffers fractured clavicle, will be out for four weeks

Staff Writer
By carolyn o

Jockeys are injured when horses crash on first turn
Rachel Lavoy suffers fractured clavicle, will be out for four weeks

OCEANPORT — A collision on the first turn in the second race at Monmouth Park June 5 sent two jockeys to the hospital last week.

Rachel Lavoy, 24, riding Raire Cliffs, and jockey Nick Santagata, 44, riding Non Committal, went down after Happy Face, ridden by apprentice jockey Hector Ramos, bore out on the first turn and caused Raire Cliffs to clip heels and fall. Lavoy was catapulted into the turf. Santagata’s mount, which was galloping directly behind Lavoy, stumbled and fell over Raire Cliffs.

According to Raire Cliffs’ trainer, Kathy Mongeon, who watched the race, Happy Face came out to the right around the first turn, which pushed Lavoy too close behind another horse. "Rachel was yelling that she needed more room right before she went down," said Mongeon.

When track first aid personnel arrived at Lavoy’s side, they found her face down on the turf, unable to speak and only moaning from her injuries.

According to Dr. Angelo Chinnici, the track’s medical director, Lavoy suffered a fractured clavicle and would not be allowed to race for at least four weeks.

"Rachel fractured her clavicle in three places," said Chinnici. "She also has a concussion and a bad contusion of the left arm where the horse stepped on her."

"It was bad with Rachel breaking her clavicle, but it could have been a lot worse," said Mongeon.

Officials who brought the play-by-play events of the race back to Lavoy in her hospital bed said that when she fell she rolled approximately 6 feet on the turf.

As for Santagata, Chinnici said he should be fit to ride within the next week, having suffered a minor dislocation of the clavicle and some minor soft-tissue damage.

The horses carrying the two jockeys had far better luck in the incident, escaping with minor injuries.

"Raire Cliffs walked away with a road rash on his hind," said Mongeon, "and a couple of cuts."

Happy Face finished fourth in the race, but the horse, which has a history of pushing right, was disqualified for breaking off the rail.

Galloping across the finish line was Polish Joy ridden by José Ferrer.


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