Castro Sustains Hairline Spinal Break in Fall

Castro Sustains Hairline Spinal Break in Fall
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Eddie Castro

Jockey Eddie Castro, who suffered a hairline fracture of his L1 vertebra in a spill in the fourth race at Belmont Park Oct. 15, is unlikely to need surgery and he should be able to recover with a back brace.

There was no resulting compression on his nerves, his spinal column remains aligned, and he is listed in stable condition, according to the NYRA jockey advocate.

Castro is expected to be released from North Shore University Hospital Oct. 18.

In the race, a 7 ½-furlong dirt allowance, Castro was aboard Royal Brush, who broke down in the middle of the stretch.

Castro, 26, was tied for 10th in the Belmont Park fall meet jockey standings with nine wins. The native of Panama is the regular rider for TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) winner It's Tricky, expected to be one of the favorites in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

Royal Brush, a 3-year-old son of Royal Academy trained by Matthew Peebles, suffered a fractured left front cannon bone and was euthanized.


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