07/27/2001 11:00PM

Bravo out 3-4 months


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Joe Bravo, who suffered a broken left leg in a spill Friday, was to have surgery Sunday and will miss three to four months of racing, according to his agent, Danny Mellul.

Bravo, the leading jockey at Monmouth, where he has won the title eight times, broke his tibia in two places and fibula in two places.

The spill occurred in the fifth race, on the turf, when Bravo's mount, King of Spain, clipped heels and stumbled while running at the back of the pack. Bravo fell off the left side of the horse to the turf. Bravo remained on the turf until he was taken away in a stretcher.

The injury that Bravo, 30, sustained is known as a multiple segmental fracture. The bones that he broke - the fibula and the tibia - are below the kneecap.