Cruz Mendez Injured at Los Al

Leading rider will miss Sunday’s card at Los Alamitos.

Press Release

Cruz Mendez is hoping to return to action next week at Los Alamitos.

Cruz Mendez, the meet’s leading Quarter Horse rider, did not ride on Saturday night and will miss the racing action on Sunday as well at Los Alamitos due to swelling in his right hand after hitting the ground shortly after the end of the seventh race on Friday at the California track.

The 2013 leading jockey was taken to Los Alamitos Medical Center following the incident but was released from the hospital at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday morning after undergoing a thorough examination according to his wife, Amber Mendez.

“The doctors did a lot of test on him,” she said. “Fortunately everything came back negative. His hand is feeling a lot better today than it did last night. The top of his hand was hurting him a lot, but he didn’t need any pain medicine on Saturday. Cruz will miss the Sunday card, but he’s hoping to be back riding next weekend. He’s going to have an orthopedic doctor check his hand on Monday.”

The trials to the Golden State Million Futurity (G1) will be held on Sunday’s October 19, while the running of the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) is set for Saturday, October 18. Mendez is expected to ride Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) winner Heza Dasha Fire in Sunday's Golden State Million trials.

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