Jockey Joe Steiner, reached by phone Friday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital where he is recovering from injuries suffered in a spill in Wednesday's sixth race, said he was scheduled to undergo surgery at 5 p.m.
"I feel very lucky," the 38-year-old jockey said. "If all goes well, I hope to be released in two or three days."
Steiner's mount, Snohomish Gemini, clipped the heels of Nlotsabutter, ridden by Matt Garcia. Nlotsabutter went on to finish first but was disqualified to last.
Garcia has been suspended 10 days (March 2-15) for altering course on the backstretch without sufficient clearance.
Steiner, a native of Renton, Washington, suffered a fractured orbital bone of his right eye, a broken nose, a broken front tooth, facial lacerations and a fractured right foot.