Following Gulfstream Spill, Apprentice Romero Maragh Undergoes Thoracic Fusion Surgery

by | 02.01.2019 | 7:04pm
Apprentice jockey Romero Maragh

A scary spill in Thursday's first race at Gulfstream Park left apprentice jockey Romero Maragh with a pair of fractured vertebrae in his spine, according to cousin and journeyman jockey Rajiv Maragh's Twitter account. The Daily Racing Form reported that the 18-year-old apprentice underwent surgery to fuse four thoracic vertebrae (T5 through T8) on Friday.

At 1:06 p.m. on Friday, Romero Maragh's girlfriend Acacia posted to Twitter that his surgery had gone “very well” and that he was in recovery. Prior to the surgery, doctors were reported to be confident that Romero Maragh would retain use of his arms and legs.

The incident at Gulfstream occured when Maragh's mount, Classic Act, clipped heels with Dixie Princess, ridden by Paco Lopez. Prospective Mount, ridden by Carlos Montalvo, was unable to avoid the fallen horse and also unseated her rider. Montalvo suffered a fractured ankle, and Lopez was suspended for 30 days for his role in the spill.


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