VERNON, N.Y. (AP) _ Eight horses piled into each other during a race at the Vernon Downs harness track, ejecting drivers from their carts, track officials said. Three drivers were injured.

The horse Young Stewardess, driven by Stan Zombick, apparently hit the wheel of another cart Wednesday night, said track spokesman Jim Moran. The horse fell, and seven other horses plowed into it.

Jack Bailey, 53, of Vernon was listed in stable condition today at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Utica.

Moran said Bailey, Vernon's all-time driving champ, appeared to have hurt his back or hip, but the hospital refused to describe the injury.

Zombick, 59, of Clinton, and another driver were treated at the hospital and released.

None of the horses was seriously injured.

One horse finished the race. Grand Marshall, driven by Tom Barabasz, had a time of 2:00.3.