Apprentice jockey Joey Martinez suffered a fractured jaw after being unseated from Mo Flash ahead of Belmont Park's Race 7 on Thursday. He was transferred to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset following the incident and will undergo further evaluation to determine next steps.
“He has a fracture, the extent of which we won't know until they further assess the injury,” said agent Jeff Farkask. “We expect it will take 2-4 weeks to heal, with him being young, probably closer to two weeks. He's in good spirits.”
Farkask is hopeful that Martinez, who has posted a record of 6-3-5 from 41 mounts at the Belmont Fall meet, will return for the second week of the Aqueduct Winter meet.
“It was a freak accident, something you can't really prepare for and it couldn't have come at a worse time because he was really starting to shine,” said Farkask. “He was starting to get on a roll and we really appreciate all the horsemen that have been using him. We're looking forward to a great winter at Aqueduct on his return.”
The 25-year-old native of Brooklyn, NY picked up his first win on December 8, 2016 when he guided Playthatfunnymusic to victory in an Aqueduct maiden tilt.
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