Lopez Expects Quick Return from Riding Injury

(from Monmouth Park notes)
Jockey Chuck C. Lopez is resting at his home in Morganville, N.J. after dislocating his right shoulder in the first race at Monmouth Park Saturday when he was unseated by his mount Quoit Alarming going down the backstretch.

"It's really swollen," said the 44-year-old Lopez. "It doesn't really hurt, but I attribute that to the swelling. I don't have a lot of feeling in it right now.

"The doctors said it was a classic dislocation and I'll be out about two weeks, that's how long it takes the swelling to go down."

Two weeks puts Lopez on target for a return at the Meadowlands, where he is set to defend his title as top jockey. Lopez captured the 2003 Meadowlands title, 24 years after taking the award as an apprentice.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be back in time for the Meadowlands opener," Lopez said. "It's great that I'm back to defend my title, but until then I'll just take it easy and get some rest."

Lopez, leading rider at Monmouth in 1998, is currently fourth in the standings with 65 wins from 342 mounts.

Quoit Alarming, a 6-year-old mare trained by Mark Fusco, was uninjured in the incident.