Edgar Prado, the leading jockey at Pimlico Race Course, suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg yesterday and will be sidelined for an indefinite period.
Prado was injured when his mount in the sixth race, Morning Bagel, trapped him against the side of the gate while being loaded.
"I was caught in a squeeze in the gate," said Prado, who was taken to nearby Sinai Hospital, where X-rays disclosed a non-displaced fracture.
Morning Bagel, the favorite in the race at the time, was scratched by order of the stewards after "skinning himself" in the incident, according to trainer Francis Campitelli. Otherwise, the horse was OK.
Dr. Jerome Collier, the Pimlico physician, could not estimate how long the jockey would be out of action but said Prado will have to wear a cast.
Prado already had been scheduled to miss 10 days because of a suspension imposed by the stewards.
Originally, the stewards had levied a seven-day penalty against him for interference during a race April 10, but Prado appealed.
The appeal was withdrawn and three more days were tacked onto the suspension for a frivolous appeal.
Old-timers recall the time years ago when King Leatherbury ran a horse in Maryland during a day card and at Penn National at night, running second and first, respectively.
Village Native missed that type of activity by a day while winning yesterday's fourth race at a $13,500 claiming price.
The horse had run sixth in a seven-horse field for a $11,500 tag in Saturday's third race.
Racing secretary Tommy Baker said Leatherbury entered in both races, preferring to run yesterday and "stayed in Saturday because we would have blown the double triple [because of too few entries after another scratch].
"As it turned out, we blew the second half anyway. He had a choice to scratch [yesterday], but told us not to. Apparently, the horse needed the first race," Baker said tongue-in-cheek.
"We didn't want to run him both days, that's for sure," said Leatherbury's assistant trainer, George Borden.
Knightly Manner winner
Trump Mahal asserted himself in the stretch under Walter Guerra and drew away to a 4 1/2 -length score in the $35,000 Knightly Manner Stakes on the turf.
It was the second straight victory for the chestnut gelding, who was running in his first grass race.
"The question was whether Trump Mahal could handle the grass and the two turns," said assistant trainer Brad McKinnon. "I knew he could go the distance and felt that he would take to the grass. He proved us right."
His task was eased yesterday when P. J. Higgins and Logroller, expected to be the favorites, were scratched after running in the Jersey Derby on Saturday.