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Castro Stable After Belmont Spill

10/15/2011

Eddie Castro was conscious and in stable condition following a fall in Saturday’s fourth race at Belmont Park. He was able to move his extremities.

After being removed from the track, Castro was transported to North Shore University Hospital, where X-rays on his neck were negative, according to the New York Racing Association jockey advocate. He will remain in the hospital overnight to undergo further testing.

In the race, a 7 1/2-furlong dirt allowance, Castro was aboard Royal Brush, who broke down in the middle of the stretch. Royal Brush, a 3-year-old son of Royal Academy trained by Matthew Peebles, suffered a fractured left front cannon bone and was euthanized.

Heading into today's card, Castro, 26, was tied for tenth in the Belmont Park fall meet jockey standings with nine wins. The native of Panama is the regular rider for It’s Tricky, expected to be one of the favorites in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.

--Edited NYRA release

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