Bravo to Ride Again, Hopes for Breeders' Cup
by Claire Novak
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 6:05:50 PM
Last Updated: 10/11/2007 10:41:20 AM

Joe Bravo
Photo: Rick Samuels
Jockey Joe Bravo, sidelined with a fractured left clavicle bone following a Sept. 7 spill at Belmont Park, will return to the saddle Oct. 13 at Belmont Park, said his agent, Drew Mollica.

“He’ll start riding Saturday. We’ve got a mount in the Athenia Stakes for Christophe Clement,” Mollica said Oct. 10. “He’ll get on one or two others at Belmont and at the Meadowlands. We’re going to take it slow early on and get back in business, but we hope to get something going for Breeders’ Cup.”

Bravo, 36, has been galloping and breezing horses at Monmouth Park every day for the past week. He was injured aboard the Gary Contessa-trained Find The Chestnut in a $50,000 allowance race at Belmont. The filly was making a move into second off the turn when she broke her right front leg and unseated him.

Five days before the accident, Bravo took home his 13th riding title at Monmouth Park, setting a new record as the track’s top jockey. It was his fifth consecutive title at the Oceanport, N.J. racetrack.

“We’d love to ride the Breeders’ Cup since it’s going to be at his home track,” Mollica said. “We’ll see how it goes; we’ll go if he gets the mounts. We’re not stupid, though. The world didn’t end just because we stopped riding. Our main concern now is to get back in the saddle and go on our way.”

The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27.

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