Jockey Jose Ferrer was taken by ambulance to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch for X-rays and additional tests after being unseated from his mount during Sunday's fourth race at Monmouth Park.
Dr. Angelo Chinnici, the track's medical director, said Ferrer had a possible concussion and suffered superficial facial lacerations from a spill that also involved jockey Isaac Castillo.
According to drf.com, Ferrer was diagnosed with a cervical spinous process fracture and will miss four weeks of riding.
Castillo was uninjured in the mishap that occurred when Metallic, Ferrer's mount, broke down shortly before the far turn. Castillo, aboard The Best Candy, could not avoid the fallen horse and rider and was unseated as well. Metallic had to be euthanized following the accident, while The Best Candy was vanned off.
Ferrer, who won his first Monmouth Park riding title a year ago with 95 winners, is currently second in the jockey standings to Nik Juarez. Ferrer has 34 winners this meet.
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