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Jockey Panici To Miss Time With Broken Vertebrae

Feb 7, 2021
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Luca Panici, the popular South Florida-based jockey who delivered Sole Volante to the winner’s circle in last year’s Sam F. Davis (G3), will miss several weeks after suffering three fractured vertebrae in Saturday’s 10th race at Gulfstream Park.

Panici was unseated from his mount Bourbon Highway leaving the chute in the one-mile event. According to Panici’s agent, Kevin Meyocks, Panici will see a specialist in the coming days. “They say there’s no surgery. He just needs time to heal,” Meyocks said.

Panici has won 724 races since coming to the U.S. from Italy, where he rode more than 500 winners. In 2020 Panici came back from two injuries, a fractured collarbone in February and two broken ribs in April.

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