Jockeys Injured In Fall At Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two prominent jockeys were injured in a race Friday at Keeneland. Track spokesman Jim Williams identified the jockeys as John Velazquez and Jamie Theriot.

Velazquez lay motionless on the track for several minutes before he was put in a neck brace and carried off in a medical van. Theriot also was thrown from his horse and hurt, but he later got up and walked to an ambulance.

The injuries occurred in Keeneland's seventh race, The Bernardini. Velazquez was riding Tap Dancing and Theriot was on Whacka Whacka. Neither horse appeared seriously injured.

Williams said the jockeys were thrown when Tap Dancing clipped hooves with another horse. Whacka Whacka then collided with the pile.

Velazquez broke his shoulder and cracked ribs in an April 2006 race at Keeneland.

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