“This is the first time I have ever broken a bone,” said Garcia, who leads the Laurel Park fall meeting with 39 wins. “But injuries happen in this sport.”
Garcia tops all riders in the Maryland colony with 139 trips to the winners’ circle at Laurel and Pimlico this year, including a career-best five at Laurel on Oct. 8. He ranks 39th nationally with 172 victories, while earning a career-high $4.3 million.
“This has been an outstanding year,” added Garcia, who captured the Pimlico spring riding title.
The Carolina, Puerto Rico, native arrived in Maryland as an apprentice in 2003 and developed into a top five rider at the major Maryland tracks two years later when he won a career-best 201 races.