05/20/2013 4:52PM

Belmont Park: Luzzi to miss four months with shoulder injury

Tom Keyser
Mike Luzzi hasn't ridden since May 11 because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Mike Luzzi was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn left shoulder and likely will be out four months.

Luzzi was to be operated on by Dr. Richard Alfred, an orthopedic surgeon based in Albany, N.Y. Alfred operated on Luzzi when he broke his leg at Saratoga in July 2004.

Luzzi said he banged his shoulder on the starting gate aboard Lady On the Run, who ran third in the No Reason Stakes at Belmont on May 10. Though he rode five races May 11 – including piloting Incognito in the Peter Pan Stakes – Luzzi has not ridden since.

“It was sore a little bit, but that stuff happens all the time,” Luzzi said Monday. “I rode Saturday [May 11], but on Sunday, I was almost lame in my arm.”

Luzzi said he will be out 16 weeks, which means he will not make the Saratoga meet. He has ridden 28 winners this year, and his best horses were Incognito and Lovely Syn, a New York-bred filly on whom Luzzi is 3 for 3.

“It couldn’t have been a worse time,” Luzzi said. “I finally had some pretty good horses going into the summer, but there’s no way I could ride.”

William Moore More than 1 year ago
I wish all the best in your recovery! I will miss you at Saratoga this summer. I think your one of the best guys on the circuit with a great personality. My brother in I will hoist a beer in your honor! Get well soon MIKE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you recover quick Mike I hope you get the winning horses you deserve soon.
Harvey Hochberg More than 1 year ago
Mike Luzzi =Blue collar; honest. Smooth and quick recovery.
Arlene Factor More than 1 year ago
don't think he'll miss saratoga much i remember betting him on a winner after he had posted an 0 fer 70 streak at sar. i've always had confidence in his abilities - nobody rides a driving finish better - tough and strong! best wishes for a speedy recovery
Holybull More than 1 year ago
Get better soon Mike.