09/27/2014 8:02PM

Maragh breaks arm in Jockey Club Gold Cup spill


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockey Rajiv Maragh will be out indefinitely – most likely through the Breeders’ Cup – after breaking his right arm in a spill Saturday at Belmont Park.

Tony Micallef, the agent for Maragh, confirmed that Maragh has a broken right arm. As of 8 p.m., Maragh was at a Long Island hospital still awaiting X-rays to learn the extent of the break.

Maragh was injured when his mount, Wicked Strong, clipped heels with Moreno, who, under Junior Alvarado, angled in about 4 1/2 furlongs from the wire in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Moreno, who finished fourth in the Gold Cup, was disqualified and placed last.

The injury came one race after Maragh won the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic aboard Main Sequence. That was his third Grade 1 win of the year on that horse.

Maragh also is the regular rider of Artemis Agrotera, on whom he won the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga and who is being pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita.

Maragh, 29, was enjoying a terrific season, having won 101 races from 732 races and purse earnings of $9,551,131.

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Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
Russell, you are a typical Mr. Knows everything. WS "never wins", Where did you get that from? 10 starts, 3 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, 3 fourth place finishes and only 1 bad race in his short career. He was in a good stalking position that day and I personally feel he wins that race if Maragh stays on and the incident never happens.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Rajiv was in a perfect stalking spot with running room in front of him. Junior saw that and deliberately cut him off. Amazing nobody got killed and other riders didn't get theown as well. Reckless move. Junior deserves fine and suspension.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
im a bit perplexed about the change of strategy of wicked strongs running in the belmont and races after,albeit he has won. i thought his best tactic was his prolonged 5f run in the later stages of a race. in the belmont jerkins put on blinkers and decided to get him engaged early? i think they should take off the hood and revert to his early 3yr old tactics and instead of stalking trips let him relax and make his late run as in the wood.
Ruben Gracida More than 1 year ago
It's a matter of opinion but I believe in a jockey change,and M.Smith ask to ride that horse after the Ky derby it's a rider to consider
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Owners don't want to go to California due to previous poor outcomes when doing so. Instead they are going to do everyone a huge disservice and skip the race.
Jeff Gasior More than 1 year ago
anyone on wicked strong would be an improvement, especially Ortiz Jr., hope Raj is ok but he has had multiple poor rides on this horse, starting w the Derby, good jock, good ride, and wicked strong is right there in the classic,
tina More than 1 year ago
Would love to see Ortiz riding wicked strong in the breeders cup. I dot know why people say Moreno bumped wicked strong when Moreno was the pace leader in front and wicked strong coming from behind trying to squeeze on inside rail when there are 5 horses LoL That was a bad jockey mistake and wicked strong deserves a jockey upgrade because he is an amazing horse
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Tina, Alvarado knew exactly were Maragh was, just take a look again some 50 yards before they clip heels. Alvarado looks underneath his arms and see's who is there, clearly cuts him off regardless of Moreno being in front, and he wasn't in front by that much. As a result, clipping heels of coarse and well , the rest is history. If there is an interview in the near future, I would say Jr. will admit all the fault. I am sure you will see a hefty riding suspension coming....
L. More than 1 year ago
Tina you obviously didn't see the head on and side angle shots I did. Ortiz deliberately cut off Rajiv and was NOT clear to do so. Wicked Strong had the go ahead in the lane and Moreno did not. You can't cut a in front of a horse like that and not expect clipped heels or some dramatic incident. I can't understand why Ortiz hasn't been handed down a HUGE penalty yet. It only took Santa Anita a few hours to give Victor a suspension that wasn't anywhere close to the dangers of this one. Completely uncalled for, he could have been the reason Rajiv was killed. Thank goodness he wasn't.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
A magazine that delivers news about Racing reports that Rajiv got plates and screws installed to stabilize his arm.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
61 comments and only two are posted..i guess any objective criticism of rough riding and its consequences are forbidden. Fact is MARAGH is one of the dirtiest riders out there .he takes no hostages and does it on purpose as we've seen against ANIMAL KINGDOM and on various other occasions including the race prior to the fall where he basically bumped half the field and miraculously survived and objection.i believe JUNIOR ALVORADOS ride was reckless but not intentional but who knows for sure.
Pete Sundar More than 1 year ago
Its a shame that DRF allow this clown to repeatedly post his nonsensical dribble !!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I challenge you to dispute the facts...did he not ride dirty against ANIMAL KINGDOM? .of course you cant challenge the facts so you lash out and offend instead. but that's par for all apologists some people will always let their feeling get ahead of the facts.thats ok I have thick skin and actually get a kick of pissing off and laughing at people like you.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Take a jelly bean Ray.
radcliffe8794 More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Rajiv. We little but we tallawah