Gulfstream Park reported on Tuesday that jockey Edgard Zayas probably will be out for three months as a result of a broken leg he suffered in a spill during Sunday’s fifth race.
Zayas likely will spend several more days in Aventura Hospital, where on Monday he underwent surgery to repair a broken femur in his right leg.
“It looks like he’ll be out for three months,” said Zayas’s friend and valet Nelson Figueroa.
Sunday’s fifth race was a $16,000 claimer at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, for 3-year-olds and up and with twelve entries.
Zayas was riding Kitten Killer, a 33-1 shot.
Kitten Killer was in tenth place on the backstretch when he stumbled and fell, tossing Zayas.
Kitten Killer suffered a shoulder injury and was later euthanized.
No other horses or jockeys were involved in the spill.
Zayas, a 25-year-old native of Puerto Rico, has ridden fifteen winners at the Gulfstream Park 2018-2019 championship meet that opened on Dec. 1.
He led jockeys in wins at the 2018 Gulfstream Park West meet, that was run at Calder in October and November.