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•Desormeaux to Hospital After Kick by Horse, 9/29•
Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken to a hospital after he was unseated in the post parade for the eighth race at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28 and was subsequently kicked in his chest.
Desormeaux was aboard 2-year-old filly and first time starter She's a Big Winner when she reared and unseated him. Desormeaux got to his feet in an apparent attempt to remount the filly when she kicked him violently with a hind leg, causing him to reel backwards approximately 10 feet. He was transported by ambulance to Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
The 42-year-old Hall of Fame rider has enjoyed a career resurgence since returning to Southern California on a full-time basis this past May. He had three wins earlier on the card and is tied for second with Martin Pedroza and Joe Talamo in the newly begun autumn meet rider standings.

•Apprentice Juarez Hospitalized After Fall, 9/29•
Apprentice jockey Nik Juarez was sent to the hospital Sept. 28 after being unseated by his mount Forward Momentum during eighth race at Monmouth Park.
"He has a bruise on his right hip," said Dr. Angelo Chinnici, medical director for the racetrack. "I sent him for x-rays and further evaluation."
The 21-year-old rider was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.
Before entering the first turn in the mile and 70-yard dirt race, Juarez's mount appeared to clip heels, which caused Valley King to also fall, unseating Victor Santiago, who was uninjured.
Juarez, who has won 20 races this season at Monmouth, is ninth in the overall standings. Earlier in the day he accepted the trophy for leading apprentice at the 2014 meet, which wrapped up Sunday.


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