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Huerta Sidelined Six to Eight Weeks


November 28, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Carlos Huerta returns with Sixish after winning the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on October 4, 2008.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Carlos Huerta will miss the remainder of the 2008 season after suffering a small fracture in a vertebra in his neck following a spill in the second race on Sunday, November 23.

Huerta, who is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of the injury, was back in the barn area at Los Alamitos before Thanksgiving to visit the barn of trainer Jaime Gomez. He was wearing a neckbrace. “It’s a small fracture,” said Huerta’s agent, Dennis Christensen. “He could be back in six weeks but I’m hoping he takes it easy and waits another couple of weeks before coming back. He’ll miss this year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, but he’ll be back soon.”

On the night before his spill, Huerta piloted A Tempting Dash to the fourth fastest qualifying time to the meet’s richest race—the $2,038,250 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Huerta is the meet’s fifth leading Quarter Horse rider with 85 victories. Earlier this year, he guided Dutch Masters III’s Sixish to victory in the Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.