Lopez Off Mounts, Coa's Condition Stable

Lopez Off Mounts, Coa's Condition Stable

02/23/2011

 HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Leading rider Paco Lopez, injured in a spill after the sixth race Friday, will likely remain off his mounts through the weekend, according to agent Cory Moran.

Lopez, who sprained his left elbow, is still experiencing soreness, Moran said.

“Paco wants to ride, he wants to come back right now, but we have to monitor this and not have him return too soon,” said Moran Wednesday morning. “We all want him out there, but he has to wait. We want him to extend his arm and be able to flex without any soreness. “Right now I would say he won’t ride this weekend. It’s too bad because we’re having a great meet and we were set to ride Amy Tarrant’s filly (Forward Gal (G2) winner Pomeroys Pistol) in the Davona Dale (G2). But Paco’s young, he’s 24, and maybe he’ll come back quicker than we think.”

Meanwhile, jockey Eibar Coa, who suffered a broken C4 vertebrae in the same spill as Lopez, remains at Memorial Regional Hospital where his condition is unchanged. Coa underwent surgery on a wrist he broke in the spill and was scheduled to undergo surgery on his C4 later this week.