Sustains Broken Left Ankle
By Dick Downey
Robby Albarado, jockey for J Boys Echo, will miss the Kentucky Derby after breaking his left ankle on Sunday afternoon.
Albarado was thrown from his mount, Chiltern Street, in the eighth race at Keeneland and hit the ground hard. The jockey initially thought his leg was broken.
Keeneland track physician Dr. Barry Schumer first reported that the injury was to Albarado's ankle. X-rays were taken at the University of Kentucky Hospital.
Realizing the severity of Albarado's injury, trainer Dale Romans tweeted, "A miracle it wasn't worse. Wishing best to Robby Albarado, his health is 1st. If he can't ride we'll discuss w owners & decide in cpl days."
Albarado has ridden J Boys Echo, who won the Gotham Stakes two races back, in five of his six career starts. Kent Desormeaux was aboard the other time, when the colt finished fourth in the Delta Jackpot last November.
Desormeaux is committed to ride Sonneteer, trained by his brother Keith, if that one makes it into the Kentucky Derby. Sonneteer needs two defections to make into the Derby starting gate.