Three of the leading jockeys at Los Alamitos were involved in two accidents Friday night in which all three were taken to a local hospital.
Bruce Pilkenton and G.R. Carter, second and third in the standings respectively, were involved in a spill in the ninth race, the $20,000 Katella Handicap. Carter, aboard favored Miss Frequent Flyer, was just behind the leaders when his mount clipped heels with Rebs Sign Off. Miss Frequent Flyer stumbled and fell and Pilkenton, who was aboard Apprehend at the back of the field, couldn’t avoid the fallen horse.
Carter broke his right hand in the fall. Pilkenton injured his shoulder, but was cleared to ride his mounts on Saturday, which included world champion Refrigerator in the $100,000 Los Alamitos Championship.
Neither horse was seriously injured, but when Apprehend got up he ran toward the outside rail and fell over it. He stayed there for 16 minutes before the gate crew was able to pull him to safety.
In the 12th race, Carlos Aguilar, 10th in the rider standings through Friday, suffered a broken collarbone when his mount, Its A Go Go, broke down in the turn of an 870-yard race for $2,500 claimers.
It’s A Go Go was put down.