Jockey Castro suffers spinal fracture
Jockey Eddie Castro suffered a hairline fracture of his L1
vertebra in a spill on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The New York Racing Association jockey advocate said there was
no resulting compression on Castro’s nerves and his spinal column
remains aligned. He is listed in stable condition at North Shore
It is unlikely Castro will need surgery. He expected to recover
in a back brace and is scheduled for release from the hospital on
Tuesday. There is no timetable for his return to riding.
Tied for tenth in the Belmont fall meet standings, Castro was
injured when his mount, Royal Brush, broke down in the fourth race.
Castro was rushed to the hospital where initial x-rays of his neck
were negative. Additional examinations revealed the injury.
Royal Brush suffered a fractured left front leg, and was