Injury sidelines Jamaican jockey

Artemis Agrotera with jockey Rajiv Maragh win the Ballerina Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.
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Rajiv Maragh, who has been turning in a decent fall campaign as a veteran jockey at Belmont Park, was on his way to the Breeders’ Cup to be held later this month. However, he is not expected to be on the track for a while because of his recent injuries.

The fourth top jockey at Belmont Park’s current meeting ended in the hospital after the Jockey Cup Gold Cup (JCGC) day.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, the jockey underwent surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset to repair a broken right arm suffered when he was unseated during the JCGC, the feature event on the program that drew a large crowd.

Maragh was aboard a possible winner in the Breeders’ Cup that could have determined horse of year honors until he fell from his mount, Wicked Strong, who had clipped heels with Moreno.

The day was not lost for the Caribbean jockey because he won the Turf Classic Invitational aboard Main Sequence.

Tony Micallef, the jockey’s agent, said, “The doctors put in a couple of plates and some screws and he seems to be fine. But we don’t know how long he will be out.”

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