UPDATED: Leading Rider David Cabrera Sidelined After Suffering Spinal, Facial Injuries In Oaklawn Spill - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report
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UPDATED: Leading Rider David Cabrera Sidelined After Suffering Spinal, Facial Injuries In Oaklawn Spill

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Jockey David Cabrera, currently leading the riding standings at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., had to be hospitalized after a spill in Friday's first race. According to Cabrera's agent, Jose Santos, Jr., the rider regained consciousness after arriving at the hospital and is now alert and able to move all his extremities.

A Saturday morning updated by Daily Racing Form's Mary Rampellini, quoting Santos, said Cabrera has compressed C-5 and C-6 vertebrae and suffered cheek bone injuries from the impact of hitting the ground, which also led to a concussion. Santos told Rampellini Cabrera has full movement in all extremities and that there was no swelling in the brain. No surgery will be required for the spinal injuries.

Cabrera will miss the remainder of the Oaklawn meet that continues through May 8 and the early portion of the Lone Star Park meet, the report said.

In the $8,000 claiming race, Cabrera's mount, Mostly Awesome, was cut off at the top of the lane, clipped heels and fell.

The incident also unseated jockey Chel-c Bailey, aboard Daigle, when the horse jumped the fallen rival. Bailey returned to the jockey's room under her own power, and took to Twitter to express that she had thankfully remained uninjured.

Both Mostly Awesome and Daigle, trained by Karl Broberg and Tony Rengstorf, respectively, walked off the track under their own power, according to Oaklawn paddock analyst Nancy Holthus on Twitter.

The Oaklawn stewards held an inquiry into the incident in the at the top of the stretch, but made no change to the order of finish.

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