06/29/2014 4:53PM

Castro injured after being kicked by mount in paddock

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Eddie Castro suffered a large laceration on the right leg when kicked in the paddock prior to the ninth race Sunday at Monmouth Park.

Initial reports indicated a possible broken leg. It turned out to be a nasty gash.

Castro was rushed to Monmouth Medical Center where X-rays revealed no fracture.

“He suffered a large laceration on his right leg,” said Dr. Angelo Chinnici, the track’s medical director. “He will be sutured and kept overnight for observation.”

Castro was given a leg up on Kamarius, a Todd Pletcher trainee, when the horse reared, dumped the jock, and kicked him in the leg.

Horacio Karamanos replaced Castro on the 2-year-old colt who finished ninth in his debut.

Castro, 29, was sitting third in the Monmouth standings with 23 wins from 140 mounts. Castro was the runner-up in the Monmouth standings for three straight meets starting in 2007.