Jockey Edgard Zayas suffered a fractured femur in his right leg when Killer Kitten, his mount in Sunday's fifth race at Gulfstream Park, suffered a shoulder injury and fell early in the run down the backstretch of the about 7 1/2 furlong turf race.
Killer Kitten was euthanized, according to a statement from Gulfstream Park.
Zayas was unseated in the incident and the 25-year-old Puerto Rico native was transported to Aventura Hospital. The Twitter account for Zayas said he is expected to undergo surgery for the fracture on Monday.
No timetable for Zayas' recovery has been established.
Zayas was sixth in the current Gulfstream Park Championship Meet jockey standings with 15 wins from 116 mounts. For all of 2018, he won 200 races from 1,364 mounts, with those horses earning in excess of $6.5 million. Zayas is a graduate of jockey school in Puerto Rico who won his first race in Florida at Calder on Nov. 17, 2012. He's been leading rider at Calder and Gulfstream Parkand was his first Grade 1 aboard Starship Truffles in the 2013 Princess Rooney. Zayas was a finalist for outstanding apprentice in 2013 and has been a perennial top 10 rider in South Florida.
Thank you for everyone's well wishes. I suffered a broken femur and will undergo surgery tomorrow and hopefully on the road to a speedy recovery. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. My family and I appreciate them. 🙏🏻
— Edgardo Zayas (@zayas_edgardo) December 30, 2018
CORRECTION: The original version of this article misstated where the incident took place in the race.
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