Injured jockey has no feeling below chest
Horse racing: Andrade remains at Long Beach Memorial following Friday's mishap at Los Alamitos.

September 30, 2001

By LARRY BORTSTEIN
The Orange County Register


Quarter-horse jockey Oscar Andrade, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, still had no feeling below the chest Saturday, the result of breaking three spinal vertebrae when the horse he was riding Thursday night at Los Alamitos fell and rolled over him.

"He's moving his arms and has some tingling sensation in his toes," said Angela Aquino, a weekend press aide at the track, whose sister, Elena, is Andrade's wife.

Elena Andrade delivered a son, Oscar, Jr., the couple's first child, 11 days ago.

Ali Mc Cash, the horse that dropped Andrade, was competing in a 300-yard race at Los Al when his legs apparently gave out under him and he fell. He suffered major injuries and was euthanized.

Andrade, 21, from Guadalajara, Mexico, is one of the hottest young riders in quarter horse racing. His 121 victories this year at Los Al are second to Joe Badilla's 123.

With Sassy Smith, a 2-year-old filly trained by Jaime Gomez, Andrade has won the Kindergarten Futurity and five of six starts overall this year.

He was scheduled to ride her Saturday night in the $336,600 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Breeders Futurity.

Eddie Garcia, selected to ride Sassy Smith in Andrade's place, pledged his share of any purse money won by the filly to Andrade's family.

Her husband's injury isn't the first time Elena Andrade's life has been touched by tragedy on a track.

On the first day of the 1999 Los Angeles County Fair thoroughbred meet at Fairplex Park, jockey J. C. Gonzalez, her fiancé at the time, was killed when his mount broke down and threw the rider to the ground.

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