Chicago Riders Razo, Torres Out with Injuries

(from Hawthorne release)
Two of the Chicago circuit's top riders, Eddie Razo Jr. and Francisco Torres, are expected to miss up to six weeks of action due to injuries suffered in separate incidents on Saturday at Hawthorne.

According to his agent, Bobby Kelly, Torres suffered a hairline fracture to his wrist as the result of a gate accident during training hours on Saturday morning.

"The horse flipped in the gate, and he slammed it pretty good," Kelly said. "He'll be in a cast for a few weeks."

Torres recently completed a rehabilitation program and had just returned to action on Friday. He finished second behind Chris Emigh in the Arlington summer standings but had posted one win from 17 mounts during the current Hawthorne meet.

Razo's mishap occurred following the conclusion of Saturday's eighth race when his mount, The Toast Man - with whom he had finished sixth - stumbled 100 yards past the finish line. Razo fell hard to the track, and X-rays later revealed a separated shoulder.

"The doctors are calling it a second degree separation," said Razo's agent, Lindy McDaniel. "They'll know more about the severity of the tear and how long he'll be out once the swelling goes down. We're looking at (being out) a month at least."

Perennially a leading jockey on the Chicago circuit, Razo currently sits in fourth in the Hawthorne standings with 18 wins from 125 starts.