12/16/2014 1:44PM

Johns Journey recuperating from accident

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CYPRESS, Calif. – The 3-year-old gelding Johns Journey faces a lengthy recuperation after unseating jockey Fernando Perez and striking the inside rail in an optional claimer at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

Trainer Mike Machowsky said Johns Journey needed many stitches on a stifle that evening, a procedure that took 2 1/2 hours. Machowsky said X-rays showed no further injuries.

“He’ll be pretty sore for a while,” Machowsky said. “When he hit that rail, he was lucky, I think. We’ll need to leave him in the stall, and we can’t walk him. It will take time.”

Johns Journey has won 2 of 16 starts.

The gelding was racing in tight quarters on the inside when Perez checked behind the leader, Urban Hunter. Johns Journey struck a temporary rail on the backstretch where the track’s five-eighths-mile course joins the main track. A few strides later, Johns Journey struck the permanent inside rail of the main track.

Urban Hunter finished second in the six-furlong race but was disqualified to unplaced for the interference. Jockey Alex Canchari rode Urban Hunter but was not sanctioned by track stewards Sunday. Perez was briefly hospitalized, complaining of neck pain. He was released within hours and rode at Los Alamitos on Sunday.

◗ Sunday is the final day of the December Thoroughbred meeting at Los Alamitos. The Santa Anita winter-spring meeting opens Dec. 26 with a program highlighted by three graded stakes.

Shared Belief, beaten for the first time in his eight-race career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, will be favored to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes, a Grade 1 over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds. The other graded stakes on the card are the Grade 1 La Brea and the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile (formerly the Sir Beaufort).

Ed Gredvig More than 1 year ago
Los Alamitos needs to find a better solution to the temporary rail at that area of the track. Jockeys have to alter their course as they travel down the backstretch and this was bound to happen The temporary rail is too thin in such a critical area of the track.. Thank God it was not worse. Let's hope the track solves this problem in the offseason and steps up and pays the vets bills on the injured horse and medical bills on the jockey.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
another incredible, exciting meet with full fields, top riders, top barns, and a plethora of awesome racing coming to a close, how will the fans react, all 4 of them, what will pure horsemen like Baffert, DaMato, Puype do to maintain the red hot win % they have? A real sad day to see Los Al end another exciting meet, GO BABY GO
mike More than 1 year ago
See you're thinking of Johns Journey. Nice.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
get well Johns Journey