LARC NEWS Posted: 7/17/2018 6:11:31 PM contributed to this report        

Top Quarter Horse jockey Cesar De Alba was released from UC Irvine Medical Center on Sunday morning following a spill in the fifth race on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

"I want to thank everyone for their kind words and concerns," De Alba tweeted on Sunday. "I'm back at home happy to be with my family. I’m banged up and sore but I will be better soon."

De Alba was injured when his mount in the second trial to the Governor’s Cup Futurity, Bookofmatches, went down at around the midway point of the 350-yard race.

According to his agent Neil Bricks, the jockey was transported to UCI Medical Center and was alert, conscious, had complete movement after the spill. His wife, Becky, reported later that he suffered two fractured lumbar vertebrae, two broken ribs, broken lower teeth, eye laceration and swollen back in the accident.

De Alba has ridden 44 winners at Los Alamitos this season and is currently second in the local in the jockey standings with earnings of $782,927. He has ridden such top horses as Champions Moonist, Styllish Jess Bar, Apollitical Blood as well as Grade 1 winners BH Lisas Boy, Little Talks, Hard Hitting, and Strength In Numbers to name a few. He was the leading Quarter Horse jockey at Los Alamitos in 2016.

Bookofmatches, a daughter of champion sire Walk Thru Fire from the Separatist mare Separtini, was euthanized.


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