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Jul 31, 2015

Jockey Manuel Franco has minor injuries after Saratoga spill

By: AP

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Jockey Manuel Franco has minor injuries a day after a frightening spill at Saratoga Race Course, and will be out at least through the weekend.

Franco's agent Angel Cordero, Jr., said Thursday the 20-year-old rider also was body sore, but "nothing's broken, the doctors just wanted to play it safe."

During the fifth race on Wednesday, Franco was unseated when his horse, The Ghost Bride, bumped with Undertherain on the inside near the top of the stretch. Franco lost his balance and fell to his right, directly in the path of oncoming horses.

Cordero said Franco has cuts on his left calf and knee and bruises on his right shoulder and behind his right ear. The retired jockey added, "It's the first time I've ever seen anybody get run over by that many horses and come out OK. He's very lucky; being young and fit helps."

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