Doctors positive about full recovery for Victor Espinoza after Del Mar fall
Jockey Victor Espinoza will miss the remainder of Del Mar’s summer meeting and be required to wear a neck brace for the next six weeks after fracturing a vertebra in a track fall on Sunday.
The Hall of Fame rider, who was aboard American Pharoah as he completed the Grand Slam of the US Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015, fractured the C3 vertebra in his neck when his mount Bobby Abu Dhabi suffered a fatal heart attack during training.
Espinoza, 46, is reported to have feeling in all his limbs but continues to have some sensitivity in his left arm and shoulder where he had a “stinger”, a nerve injury often associated with American Football.
The rider’s agent, Brian Beach, told drf.com: “His left arm, which had the stinger, is still sensitive to the touch. The doctors want him to lay still thinking that with rest that should calm down. They think he’s going to be completely fine.”
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