Jockey Paco Lopez

Jockey Paco Lopez


Shoulder Injury Sidelines Lopez at Gulfstream

Jockey to miss mounts Dec. 10-11 with a small hairline crack after he was unseated.

Jockey Paco Lopez was taken off his mounts for the weekend of Dec. 10-11 at Gulfstream Park due to a small hairline crack on his shoulder blade, according to agent Cory Moran.

In addition, Joe Bravo was replaced on seven of his mounts after reportedly sustaining a slight concussion.

The incident occured during Gulfstream's sixth race Dec. 9. Lopez rode his remaining three mounts after the spill, but went to Memorial Regional Hospital later in the evening.

Lopez was unseated when his mount, Cosmic Song, clipped heels and fell shortly after the start of the race, a $6,250 claiming event for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track. Bravo's mount, Myra Racing Queen, tripped over the fallen horse and dropped Bravo.

“(Lopez) went to the hospital after the last race because he was feeling a little dizzy,” Moran said. “When he got to the hospital they checked him out, did an x-ray, and saw he had a very small hairline crack in the shoulder blade.

“He’s in no pain. He’s not on any medication. I just wanted him to take off today and Sunday as a precaution. We’re going to see the doctor Monday but I expect him to be riding Thursday.”

Lopez was to ride Catch a Thief in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Dec. 10. He is to be replaced by Elvis Trujillo.

Bravo’s agent, Dan Nied, reported that Bravo also visited the hospital as well and was found to have a slight concussion, Daily Racing Form reported. He was off his early mounts but rode Roman Treasure to a last-place finish in the Sugar Swirl before winning the nightcap aboard longshot East of Danzig.