Updated on 06/24/2011 6:36PM

Belmont: Apprentice Curatolo out four to six weeks


ELMONT, N.Y. - Apprentice jockey Ryan Curatolo will be out four to six weeks because of a fractured left clavicle suffered in a spill Friday at Belmont Park.

Curatolo, who ranked fifth in the Belmont Park spring-summer standings with 28 wins, was aboard 43-1 shot Vision of Jewels in the fourth race when that 2-year-old filly appeared to take a bad step at the three-sixteenths pole, hurling Curatolo to the ground. Curatolo was removed from the track on a stretcher. Vision of Jewels bounced right back up and ran off before being corralled by an outrider and did not appear to be injured.

Curatolo was transported by ambulance to North Shore University Hospital, where the injury was diagnosed, and later released.

After spending the winter at Gulfstream Park, Curatolo moved his tack to New York as the contract rider for Carl Lizza's Flying Zee Stable, who is the leading owner at the meet. Curatolo won his first career stakes on June 18 guiding Flying Zee's Street Game to victory in the Grade 3 Hill Prince at Belmont.