01/16/2013 2:11PM

Aqueduct: Maragh won't be able to ride for another six weeks

Barbara D. Livingston
Rajiv Maragh is still recovering from a back injury suffered in a Dec. 31 spill at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Rajiv Maragh will miss at least another six weeks due to the slight fracture of his back he suffered in a spill at Aqueduct on Dec. 31.

According to his agent, Matt Muzikar, Maragh met with a neurosurgeon in New York on Tuesday and was advised not to do ride for at least four weeks. Maragh will meet again with his doctor at that time, and if he’s cleared to ride it would likely take another two weeks to get ready.

“The doctor doesn’t want to mess with it,” Muzikar said. “It’ll heal by itself. He said if he starts back too soon it’ll go from being a slight fracture to a big fracture.”

Maragh suffered a slight fracture of the T-3 vertebrae in his back.

If the six-week timetable holds, Maragh would most likely not return until early March, thus missing virtually the rest of Aqueduct’s inner-track season. He had gotten off to a 10-for-50 start before being sidelined.

“The reason we decided to stay up there this winter was to pick up his everyday business and get things rolling ,which he was,” Muzikar said.

Muzikar hopes Maragh can get back in time to ride likely champion female sprinter Groupie Doll when she makes her seasonal debut in March or April.