Edited NYRA Release — Veteran rider Mike Luzzi broke his right ankle in a pre-race incident aboard Breaking Stones ahead of Saturday’s eighth race at Belmont Park.
“He fractured his right ankle and will need surgery. He will probably be out about 6-to-8 weeks,” said Luzzi’s agent Mike Monroe. “He said the horse acted up at the gate and when he jumped off the horse, it was just the way he landed that caused it.”
The 51-year-old Luzzi, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, won the 1989 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. Additional honors for Luzzi include the 2001 Mike Venezia Memorial Award and the 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
According to Equibase statistics, Luzzi has won 3,529 races with purse earnings in excess of $114 million.