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Castro Has Lumbar Fracture; Expected to Recover


As a result of his fall from a mount at Belmont Park yesterday, Eddie Castro suffered a hairline fracture of his first lumbar vertebra. He is expected to recover.

There was no resulting compression on his nerves, his spinal column remains aligned, and he is listed in stable condition, according to the New York Racing Association jockey advocate.

It is unlikely that Castro will need surgery and he should be able to recover with a back brace. He is expected to be released from North Shore University Hospital on Tuesday. There's no word on how long his recuperation is expected to take.

Castro was aboard Royal Brush, who broke down in the middle of the stretch. Castro, 26, was tied for tenth in the Belmont Park Fall meet jockey standings with nine wins. The native of Panama is the regular rider of It’s Tricky, expected to be one of the favorites in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.

Royal Brush, a 3-year-old son of Royal Academy trained by Matthew Peebles, suffered a fractured left front cannon bone and was euthanized. He was bred and owned by Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. Vilasini Jayaraman.

--Edited NYRA release with additional content by Dick Downey

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