09/09/2012 9:55AM

Belmont Park: Alvarado fractures collarbone in spill

Barbara D. Livingston
Junior Alvarado fractured his collarbone in a spill Saturday at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Junior Alvarado, enjoying the best year of his career, will miss at least a month after suffering a hairline fracture of his collarbone in a spill Saturday at Belmont Park.

It is the second time in 16 months that Alvarado fractured his collarbone. On May 27, 2011, in a spill at Arlington Park, Alvarado broke his collarbone and missed five weeks.

Alvarado was expected to meet with his personal doctor Monday to get a better idea of how much time he will miss, according to his agent, Mike Sellitto.

Alvarado, 26, was aboard Palace in Saturday’s seventh race at Belmont when that horse, who was bumped by an outside horse, fell, hurling Alvarado hard to the Belmont turf course. The horse then stepped on Alvarado, who was removed from the track on stretcher and transported to North Shore University Hospital, where X-rays revealed the fracture.

Alvarado, a native of Venezuela, has won 137 races this year – second only to the 162 he won last year – and his horses have earned $8,234,955, which ranks him 10th nationally. The earnings are a single-year best for Alvarado, who began riding in the United States in 2007. Alvarado was the leading rider at Arlington Park in 2009.

In his first full season riding at Saratoga, Alvarado finished in a tie for sixth in the standings with 23 victories. He won six stakes at the meet, including the Grade 1 Prioress with Emma’s Encore and the Grade 2 Vagrancy on C.C.’s Pal.

Until now, Alvarado had been fortunate not to miss any significant time this year. During the winter meet at Aqueduct, Alvarado was unseated four times in the first five weeks of 2012, but was never sidelined.

On Aug. 20, at Saratoga, Alvarado escaped injury when his mount, Pete’s Parley, broke down in the stretch of a race. Alvarado was taken to Saratoga hospital, but was released two hours later and rode the next day.

Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Is the horse okay? It would be nice if we could get updates on what happened to the horses when they fall like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree with you, but the DRF is usually pretty good about details like that. And according to the NYS Racing and Wagering database, the horse was fine.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Take it east Junior y buen suerte. PS: Find Paynter thru search box on front page...
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Take tour time Junior. Long successful career ahead of you. Best wishes.
Don Reed More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to seeing the rest of his career, as he himself is fortunately poised to inherit a "jockey vacuum" about to blossum due to the advanced ages of his fellow, excellent jockeys Prado, Johnny V., Cornelio V., & Desormeaux. It's like watching four Jay Lenos about to retire, not just one.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry to hear that Junior Alvarado has suffered another break of his collar bone. He's a very good jockey, he was fabulous at Arlington Park, and he is showing the world how talented he is now on the NY circuit. I wish him good luck and hope that he heals quickly.
Ron More than 1 year ago
Its nice to see Junior's rise. He is a down to earth nice guy. Last summer at Arlinton, he was walking by me and my 3 yr old son after a race. I asked if he had an old pair of goggles my son could have. He pulled a pair right off his helmet and put them right on my sons head. A real professional. Sorry to see him leave Arlington, but glad to see him succeed on a high level. We still have goggles. Oh yeah, that guy can ride. He must always be considered especially on long price horses.
Dean More than 1 year ago
Junior always been one of my favs..love him at gulfstream years back when you could get price on him and best in Chicago and now very good in NY...guy worked himself up the ranks and I trust him on any horse I pick..Good luck and get back soon Junior!!