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Santana Jr., Osorio Released From Hospital After Oaklawn Spill

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Ricardo Santana Jr. and Didiel Osorio were released from CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs late Thursday afternoon after both jockeys were injured in a spill several hours earlier in the second race at Oaklawn.

Osorio injured his back when his mount, Sea of Change, “fell over a stricken rival” (Lawyer Daggett) on the turn of the 6-furlong race for older $6,250 claimers, according to the official chart footnotes. The jockey's agent, Joe Santos, said he fractured his T5 and T7 vertebrae after being unseated and the initial thought is he will miss 6-8 weeks. Santos said Osorio, 22, will be examined again Monday.

“He says thank you to all who have asked and prayed for him and promised to be back stronger and better,” Santos said in a text message.

Santana, Oaklawn's four-time defending riding champion, suffered a separated shoulder, said his agent, Ruben Munoz. Munoz said Santana, 24, is scheduled to undergo an MRI Friday. The rider was unseated after his mount, Lawyer Daggett, “clipped heels,” according to the chart footnotes.

Munoz said Santana wouldn't ride Friday and there is no timetable for his return.

Santana tops the Oaklawn rider standings in victories (30) and purse earnings ($1,257,277) through 30 days. Osorio has five victories.

“They both grew up together and they both learned happiness together,” Munoz said. “I'm just happy that they're walking around and that they are alert.”

Horsemen have said Santana and Osorio “are like brothers” after being raised in the same house in an impoverished suburb of Panama City, Panama. Santana is the first jockey to win four consecutive Oaklawn riding titles since Hall of Famer Pat Day won 12 straight (1983-1994). He has 320 career Oaklawn victories – the 300th coming Feb. 3 – and 19 stakes victories, the last aboard Terra Promessa in the $150,000 Bayakoa (G3) for older fillies and mares Feb. 18.

Santana set a single-season Oaklawn record for purse earnings last year ($4,064,073) and recorded his first career Grade I victory in the closing-day $1 million Arkansas Derby aboard Creator. He has also captured riding titles at Delaware Park and Churchill Downs.

Osorio won four races during his first season at Oaklawn last year. He won the riding title at Ellis Park in 2015.

Both Santana and Osorio were transported by ambulance to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs following the accident, according to an Oaklawn official.

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