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Hawthorne Racecourse (4/27/06)

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Rojas Suffers Broken Rib, Hopes to Ride Saturday

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

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 was examined by a doctor on Wednesday, and worked two horses Thursday morning. “He may take Friday off as a precaution, but he told me he’ll be good to go on Saturday.”

Rojas is slated to pilot two horses on Saturday, one of which is Come Shine for trainer Roger Brueggemann in the $100,000 Governor’s Lady Handicap.

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

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week: Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

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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