Jockey Carmouche fractures femur in Kentucky Downs spill

September 09, 2018 12:28pm
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Following a Saturday fall at Kentucky Downs, jockey Kendrick Carmouche will likely be out for eight weeks with a hairline fracture of his right femur, he told the Daily Racing Form's Marty McGee Sunday morning.

"I had another set of x-rays taken and there’s no separation in the bone," Carmouche said to McGee by phone from the TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. "They’re going to put a screw in it and I’m going to be able to put pressure on the leg (soon after). They’re saying seven to eight weeks before I’m back riding."

Carmouche, 34, was aboard Chattel in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes. In the final stretch, Sovereign Impact veered out in Chattel's path. Chattel appeared to clip heels and fall, breaking his right shoulder from the incident. He was humanely euthanized. Stewards disqualified Sovereign Impact from third to last.

Carmouche had the returning call on Chattel after winning the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga last out. The filly Moonlight Romance went on to win the Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Carmouche, who grew up in Louisiana and now rides in New York as well as Parx Racing near Philadelphia, has won 3,106 races and more than $100 million in purses in a career that began in 2000.

The jockey told McGee that he has been overwhelmed by “two or three hundred” calls and texts and to “please tell everybody out there how much I appreciate their support.”

 

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