Rosario Suffers Fractured Wrist, Hernandez Broken Ribs and Collarbone
Feb 21, 2016
Zayas off Mounts Sunday, Expected Back Wednesday
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Jockeys Joel Rosario and Rafael Hernandez will both be sidelined for at least a month after suffering injuries in a spill during Gulfstream’s featured race Saturday.
Rosario suffered a fractured wrist and will be out “four to five weeks,” according to agent Ron Anderson.
“It’s a standard fracture like anyone would get trying to break their fall,” he said. “They’ll put a plate on it Monday to speed things up. We’re very lucky it’s not worse. Joel’s helmet split right in two, so that helmet did its job and probably saved his life.”
Hernandez suffered a broken collarbone and several broken ribs, according to agent Cliff Collier.
“There’s no damage to the spine,” Collier said. “He’ll remain in the hospital for three or four more days just to make sure everything is OK. The ribs are painful. I would say he’ll be out six weeks at least. Probably more.”
Jockey Edgard Zayas, who like Rosario walked off the track and back to the jockey’s room, took off his mounts Sunday with a swollen ankle. He is expected to ride when racing resumes Wednesday.
Rosario, Hernandez and Zayas were all unseated from their mounts in the Melody of Colors when Brandy’s Girl fell shortly after entering the stretch. Kandoo, ridden by Rosasio, was euthanized. The other horses escaped injury.