Pedroza Sidelined with Broken Collarbone

(from Santa Anita notes)
Southern California jockey Martin Pedroza could resume riding in late April at Hollywood Park "if everything goes perfectly,"his agent, Richie Silverstein reported Wednesday.

Pedroza suffered a broken left collarbone in a spill in Sunday's Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

"This is the first time he's broken his collarbone," Silverstein said of the 20-year veteran jockey. "In fact, it's the first time he's broken anything. He's separated his shoulder, he's torn his liver and he had a horrible spill here in 1982 when he landed on the temporary rail, straddling it.

"That probably was his worst spill. This is his first break and believe it or not he feels grateful it wasn't a whole lot worse."

His mount, Casas Caballo, was tracking the leaders when he broke down on the home turn of the Potrero Grande, sending Pedroza flying off. The 4-year-old colt was euthanized after breaking his left front cannon bone.