12/18/2009 12:00AM

Albarado needs time to heal

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Jockey Robby Albarado has not fully recovered from a back injury he sustained during the post parade in the seventh race last Saturday.

Thrown from his mount, Albarado injured his lower back. He walked off from the incident, but is still too sore to ride, according to the track's racing stewards. He is expected back after the Christmas holiday.

A seven-time winner of the riding title at Fair Grounds, Albarado has 6 wins from 23 starts at the current meet. Albarado arrived at the end of November after finishing up the meet at Churchill.