Jockey Edgard Zayas was expected Tuesday to remain in Aventura Hospital in Aventura, Fla., for a couple more days following surgery on Monday to repair a broken femur in his right leg sustained in a spill at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.
“It looks like he'll be out for three months,” said friend and valet Nelson Figueroa.
Zayas, who ranked sixth in the Championship Meet standings with 15 wins after capturing the Gulfstream Park West title, was unseated during the running of Sunday's fifth race, when he his mount, Killer Kitten, collapsed on the backstretch with a shoulder injury.
The 25-year-old jockey, who notched his 200th win of 2018 last Friday, has been a mainstay in South Florida since arriving from his native Puerto Rico in 2012. An Eclipse finalist in 2013 after winning 203 races as an apprentice, Zayas has ridden 1,297 career winners.
Surgery went great! Just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers. Better days are ahead. Should be home within a couple of days. Thank you all for your support. We appreciate it. Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/zq4dWdYwUJ
— Edgardo Zayas (@zayas_edgardo) January 1, 2019
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