X-ray examination at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla revealed that Rafael Bejarano, one of America’s leading jockeys, suffered multiple facial fractures as the result of a spill in the third race Wednesday, opening-day of the 2009 Del Mar summer racing season.

According to Dr. Philip Sanderson, physican who initially examined Bejarano in the track first aid station, x-rays showed that Bejarano suffered fractures of the jaw, nose and orbital bones in the mid-stretch mishap which occurred when his mount, Mi Rey, broke down, unseating Bejarano, who appeared to have been clipped by a trailing horse.

Mi Rey suffered a catastrophic injury to his right front leg and was humanely euthanized.

Bejarano, top rider at Del Mar a year ago, also may have suffered an injury in the area of his left shoulder. Further x-rays were scheduled.

According to Sanderson, the 27-year-old native of Peru has been admitted to the hospital and will remain overnight. He also said there is a possibility he will have to undergo surgery to repair his facial injuries.