Eddie Castro

Eddie Castro

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Jockey Castro Injured in Paddock Accident

Rider was thrown and then kicked by mount in Monmouth Park's ninth race.

Eddie Castro, third in the Monmouth Park jockey standings, was transported to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J. after being kicked by his mount Kamarius in the Monmouth Park paddock before the running of the ninth race June 29.

"He suffered a large laceration on his right leg," said Dr. Angelo Chinnici, medical director at the racetrack. "He will be sutured and kept overnight for observation."

It was originally believed that Castro had suffered a broken distal femur; however, X-rays proved negative.

Castro, a 29-year-old native of Los Santos, Panama, was given a leg up on the Todd Pletcher trained Kamarius when the horse reared, unseating the rider, and then kicking him in the leg. Kamarius, a 2-year-old colt by Candy Ride , was making his first career start. He went on to finish ninth in a field of 10 with Horacio Karamanos in the irons.