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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/25/06)

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Rojas Suffers Broken Rib

Apprentice jockey Denis Rojas was treated and released from Loyola Hosptial in Maywood, Illinois, after suffering a broken rib as a result of a freak accident that occurred just prior to the running of Tuesday’s fifth race at Hawthorne Race Course.

As the horses approached the starting gate, Rojas’ mount, the Ron Goodridge-trained Tazztrum, tossed the jockey, flipped over, and landed on top of him.

“Everything checked out ok internally,” said Rojas’ agent John Christiano. “He has a stakes mount on Saturday (Come Shine in the $100,000 Governor’s Lady) that I know he wants to honor, but it’s all up in the air right now. He’s going to be evaluated by a doctor tomorrow.”

Through Tuesday’s races, Rojas owns five wins from 53 mounts at the current Hawthorne spring meeting.

Hawthorne’s summer 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day, Saturday, May 6, post time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

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