05/20/2013 3:52PM

Belmont Park: Luzzi to miss four months with shoulder injury

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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.”