Jockey Samuel Camacho, Jr., who lost his status as an
apprentice only this past May, will be out of action for an extended period of
time after breaking his leg in a training mishap on Wednesday morning. He is
recovering at the Jersey Shore University
in Neptune, New Jersey.
“It was a bad break. He had surgery
last night and will be in the hospital until Friday,” Mike Monroe, his agent,
said on Thursday. “The doctors told him he won’t be able to ride again for
three to six months.”
Monroe said that Camacho was getting ready to
breeze a horse on the turf course for owner/trainer Dennis Manning when the
filly wheeled and unseated him. The rider landed awkwardly, fracturing the
tibia bone in his leg.
“It’s unfortunate, but we all know
that it’s part of the game,” said Monroe, who added that business was picking
up for his client.
Camacho, who won 34 races and more
than $1.2 million in purses at the 2012 Aqueduct meet, has 40 victories from
365 mounts with $1,495,082 in earnings so far this year.