Carlos Huerta Update

Jockey has movement, broken vertebrae following spill.

Los Alamitos Press Release

Carlos Huerta aboard Quirky. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Jockey Carlos Huerta has full movement of all his limbs, but broke three vertebrae (numbers 7,8,9) following a spill in the eighth race on Friday night at Los Alamitos. Huerta was unseated shortly after the finish line while riding the 3-year-old filly Blabber in the Paul Ford Memorial Handicap. Blabber was able to get up and walked away from the incident with no injuries. Trainer Scott Willoughby reported that she was back in his barn doing well this morning.

Huerta was alert and feeling a lot better this morning and is hoping he will be able to avoid surgery according to his agent Dennis Christensen. The length of his recovery will depend on whether surgery is needed. For more info contact

Huerta will miss tonight’s Champion of Champions and Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He was scheduled to ride Quirky in the Champion of Champions and Sale Topper in the Two Million. Replacement riders have not been officially announced at this time.

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