VICTOR CARRASCO TO MISS WEEKEND RACES
Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013, will sit out racing this weekend at Laurel Park to continue his recovery from a Jan. 29 spill.
Carrasco was shaken up but escaped serious injury when he went down in the stretch of the fourth race last Friday. He took off his two remaining mounts that day as well as the Jan. 30 program. The Jan. 31 card was moved to Thursday to create a four-day live racing weekend.
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“He was shaken up a little bit but the biggest problem he had was in his toe, which is doing good. Nothing major, just a little setback,” Carrasco’s agent, Scotty Silver, said Thursday. “If he’s feeling good, which he says he is as of today, because I talked to him this morning, we’ll be good to go for next weekend.”
Carrasco entered Thursday’s card ranking in the top 10 at the ongoing winter meet in wins (five) and purse earnings ($212,307). Live racing continues Friday through Sunday.
“He’s actually doing much better and we’re shooting for next weekend,” Silver said. “He’s not going to ride this weekend but hopefully everything goes good and he’ll be back definitely by next Friday.”
Agent Tom Stift reported Thursday that jockey Alex Cintron, who last rode Jan. 29 at Laurel, will return to ride Friday.
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