07/10/2014 11:08AM

Jockey Marcelino Pedroza to miss 6-8 weeks


Jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr., injured in a spill last Friday at Ellis Park, had a plate inserted Tuesday to repair multiple fractures in his collarbone and is expected to resume riding in six to eight weeks, said agent Joe Pauley.

His timetable for recovery could allow him to return late in the Ellis Park meet, which ends Sept. 1, or during the early part of the Churchill Downs September meet, which begins shortly thereafter Sept. 4.

Pedroza was injured when his mount, My Belle Etoile, broke down while racing near the lead on the backstretch of last Friday’s fifth race.

A 21-year-old native of Panama, Pedroza has been riding in the United States since 2010 and experienced early success in December of that year when he topped the Turfway Park holiday-meet standings. He has 32 wins from 278 mounts in 2014 and has 305 career victories in North America.