Luzzi Suffers Broken Leg in Saratoga Opener

Jockey Mike Luzzi suffered a broken femur in his right leg Wednesday when he was thrown from his mount, Honey Fritters, in the first race of the Saratoga Race Course 2004 season.

According to his agent, Roger Sutton, Luzzi was conscious when he was taken to Saratoga Hospital, where the evaluation was made. Luzzi then requested to be transferred to Albany Medical Center to be examined by Dr. Richard Alfred, an orthopedic surgeon who has done previous work on other members of the Saratoga jockey colony.

"If there is a small consolation, it looks like a clean break," Sutton said. "Of course, we don't know anything until he sees the doctor down in Albany."

Luzzi, 34, is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the meeting.

Three years ago -- on July 15, 2001 -- Luzzi suffered a broken left ankle when his mount, Gold N Fancy, flipped in the starting gate at Belmont Park. That injury forced him to miss the entire Saratoga season.

(Chart, Equibase)