Pablo Morales was forced off his mounts Sunday at Tampa Bay Downs after a freak accident in the starting gate before the first race.
Morales, who was aboard 4-year-old filly Nicolino, suffered a compound fracture of his right pinkie when the horse to his outside, Azulene, reared in her stall and struck Morales’s hand on the way down.
The jockey will undergo surgery to determine the full extent of the injury and could miss the remainder of the meet.
Morales is second in the Oldsmar jockey standings with 53 winners, 38 behind runaway leader Samy Camacho.
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