Jockey Michael Martinez, who sustained extensive spinal injuries in a
Sept. 12 spill at Golden Gate Fields, has gotten governmental approval
to travel to Switzerland to participate in a stem-cell research study
conducted by the University of Zurich’s Balgrist Hospital.
Martinez has received his green card as a resident of the United
States, enabling his return to the country, as well as a U.S. passport.
Robin Barrett, the local director of the U.S. Customs and Immigration
Service, met with Martinez personally and accompanied him to get his