By Dick Downey
Kendrick Carmouche, who sustained a hairline fracture of his right femur when he went down in a spill in the sixth race on Saturday at Kentucky Downs, will be on the road to recovery soon.
His mount Chattel clipped heels in the stretch during Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint when Sovereign Impact, ridden by Adam Beschizza, shifted lanes in front of him. Horse and rider went down hard, and Chattel, who sustained a broken right shoulder, was euthanized on the track.
Early Sunday, Carmouche told Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee that he would be transferred from the TriStar Skyline Medical Center north of Nashville to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for surgery. Kevin Bubser, the jockey’s agent, said the surgery would be either late Sunday or early Monday.
“I had another set of X-rays taken and there’s no separation in the bone,” Carmouche told McGee. “They’re going to put a screw in it and I’m going to be able to put pressure on the leg. They’re saying seven to eight weeks before I’m back riding.”
Carmouche, who grew up in Louisiana and now rides in New York and at Parx Racing near Philadelphia, has won 3,106 races and more than $100 million in purses in a career that began in 2000.
The jockey told McGee that he has been overwhelmed by “two or three hundred” calls and texts and to “please tell everybody out there how much I appreciate their support.”
Bronson, who finished fourth in Saturday's $750,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, sustained fatal injuries after the finish. Bronson was vanned off the course, and the extent of his injuries weren't immediately apparent.
"Past the wire, he injured his right hind leg catastrophically," said chief state steward Barbara Borden. "They had to euthanize him."
Bronson, trained by Mike Maker for Three Diamonds Farm, finished 1 1/4 lengths behind victorious Arklow. Maker and Three Diamonds also finished second by a half-length with Bigger Picture as Maker-trained horses finished second, third (Soglio), fourth and fifth (2017 winner Oscar Nominated).