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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (3/18/06)

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Jockey Toribio Suffers Broken Hand

Jockey Abdiel Toribio suffered a broken bone in his hand as a result of a spill in Friday’s ninth race at Hawthorne.

Toribio was positioned in a clear, third place spot nearing the turn for home when his mount, the Joey Camardo-trained 5-year-old maiden Me Pay Bills, broke down and fell to the track, tossing his partner. The jockey was treated and released from Loyola Hospital in Maywood, IL, on Friday night.

“I’m just glad he’s ok,” said Toribio’s agent Jimmy Ernesto. “It could have been a lot worse. The doctor said he should be out three weeks or so."

A 34-year-old native of Panama, Toribio is trying to make a go of it on the Chicago circuit after riding most of his career in Florida. He rode in Illinois briefly in 1996.

Entering Saturday’s program, Toribio is tied for 12th in the Hawthorne jockey’s standings with four wins from 44 mounts.

Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney, Illinois. Their spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs through May 4 with live racing five days per week – Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. daily, but on March 31, Friday post times will shift to 3 p.m. for the duration of the spring season. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day. For more information on Hawthorne Race Course, call 708-780-3700 or visit the website at www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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