Zayas, an Eclipse Award finalist in 2013 as one of the nation’s top apprentices, was injured when unseated by mount Gotachancetodance in an April 22 maiden claiming contest. The 3-year-old filly ducked in toward the rail while on the lead in the race, causing a chain reaction that also led to the unseating of fellow journeyman Manuel Aguilar, who did not suffer serious injury in the spill.
Five weeks later, Zayas, whose injury did not require surgery, is preparing to have his cast removed.
“His cast is coming off Wednesday,” Fuentes said. “He’ll probably start working some horses by [next] weekend. We’re planning on riding the first week of June, probably that weekend, possibly on the sixth or seventh. That’s the plan.”
Zayas was the leading rider during the Gulfstream Park summer race meet, which began anew for 2015 on May 23. The Puerto Rican native also captured the riding title at the Fall Turf Festival last Nov. at Gulfstream Park West. Zayas has won 556 races from 2,952 starts in his career, including 58 wins so far in 2015.