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Rosario out 6 weeks with bone fracture in foot
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August 24, 2013, 10:30 am

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Top jockey Joel Rosario will be out about six weeks with a broken bone in his left foot sustained in a spill at Saratoga Race Course, and Jose Lezcano will take his place aboard Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Travers Stakes.

Rosario was examined by Dr. Rick Alfred, an orthopedist and a New York Giants' team physician, on Saturday morning, and it was confirmed the rider "fractured a bone in his left foot," said agent Ron Anderson. The nation's leading jockey was fitted with a cast before he left Alfred's office in Albany, Anderson added.

"It's unfortunate, he's young and really, really good," Anderson said. "We're taking a positive approach."

Rosario was hurt in Friday's seventh race. He was aboard last-place finisher Casual Elegance. The horse unseated Rosario after the finish, and the jockey lay on the turf for several minutes before standing up and limping to a golf cart.

Anderson said the injury likely occurred when Casual Elegance either "stepped on him," or "clipped him" with her heel.

Trainer Shug McGaughey chose Lezcano to ride Orb in the $1 million Travers, where the colt will take on favorites Verrazano and Palace Malice in his first race since running third in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.

Other mounts Rosario was scheduled to ride on the Travers undercard included Forty Tales in the King's Bishop and My Happy Face in the Test.

Rosario also was scheduled to ride top handicap horse Game on Dude in Sunday's Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

Rosario, who won the Dubai World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom and then rode Orb to victory in the Derby, leads all North American jockeys in wins with 237 and purse earnings with $16,713,440.

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