Jockey Rajiv Maragh will be forced to spend at least another six weeks on the sidelines due to a slight fracture in his back.
Maragh fractured the T-3 vertebrae in his back in a spill at Aqueduct Dec. 31.
According to Matt Muzikar, Maragh's agent, the rider met with a neurosurgeon in New York on Tuesday, where he was advised not to ride for at least four more weeks. After that time, Maragh will meet again with the doctor to see if he can be cleared to ride.
“The doctor doesn't want to mess with it,” Muzikar told the Daily Racing Form. “It'll heal by itself. He said if he starts back too soon it'll go from being a slight fracture to a big fracture.”
Muzikar hopes Maragh can get back in time to ride Groupie Doll when she makes her seasonal debut in March or April.
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