- As I mentioned before, there was no specific reason given at Aqueduct yesterday when racing was canceled, and that led some to believe the worst possible scenario:
A rumor started at a simulcasting facility that Arroyo had died in the spill, which resulted in many phone calls to the press box. [NY Daily News]I have to admit that I was thinking along the exact same lines. The spill took place just as the horses were coming out of the first turn, so it was hard to see exactly what was going on after the race. But I'd heard a couple of people comment that Arroyo was motionless on the track. Given the mysterious circumstances and the somber tone of track announcer John Imbriale's announcements, that was the explanation that occurred to me, and was one of the reasons I left despite the good Gulfstream races going on. (I also told the Head Chef I wouldn't be out too long.)
So I was particularly pleased to hear that Arroyo had merely suffered a bruised left shoulder and a cut to his left eye. I'm sure that most of us would have been in the hospital for a week.
Regarding the dispute with the jockeys over hospitals that has effectively shut the track down for the rest of the weekend, NYRA's Bill Nader told Newsday that he is uncertain that changing the protocol is within NYRA's power.
Under protocol set by the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City, ambulance drivers are required to take an injured person to the nearest trauma unit, which is Jamaica Hospital.A spokesperson for Jamaica Hospital was taken aback by the jockeys' complaints.
Ole Pedersen, vice president of emergency medicine at Jamaica, was stunned when told of the jockeys' protest.
"These issues have never been brought to my attention to address them," Pedersen said. "We've treated people from the race track for 25 years and no one has brought up an issue."
Pedersen said Jamaica Hospital is a Level One Trauma Center and is the choice of the New York City Police Department. [NY Daily News]