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Two jockeys injured in spill involving three horses at Churchill Downs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Two jockeys were injured in a spill during the third race on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs Saturday morning.

Track spokesman Darren Rogers said Marcelino Pedroza Jr. and Megan Fadlovich were taken by ambulance to Norton Audubon Hospital after they were tossed from their mounts. Both were alert and moving their extremities, Rogers said.

Fadlovich showed possible concussion symptoms, and Pedroza was complaining of lower back pain, Rogers said. Jockey James Graham, who also was unseated, walked back to the jockeys’ room under his own power and appears to be uninjured.

Fadlovich was released Saturday afternoon with "a possible fracture" in left knee, Rogers said. Scans showed Pedroza had no broken bones and was scheduled to leave the hospital on Saturday, he said.

The three horses involved -- Swift Humor, Grand Slam Kid and Ranger Regiment – returned to the barn area and showed no signs of injury, according to a track veterinarian.

The incident happened on the track’s backstretch during a race for horses that have yet to win a race. Race replays show that Pedroza’s horse, Ranger Regiment, appears to have clipped heels or stumbled as he was moving between horses, tossing his rider and setting off a chain reaction.

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