08/15/2016 4:17PM

Maragh making progress in recovery from injuries

Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Rajiv Maragh

Rajiv Maragh, who suffered multiple back and rib fractures in a spill at Belmont Park on July 10, 2015, is progressing toward a return to the saddle but isn’t targeting a specific date.

Maragh, who spent the better part of the last eight months in south Florida undergoing physical therapy, has moved back to New York to continue that process. He visited his specialist Friday in Manhattan and came up to Saratoga to visit.

Though he looks fit, Maragh said he’s still not strong enough to ride.

“Being an athlete, you got to be nimble and agile and strong, and I lost a lot of that being off such a long time,” Maragh said. “So, before I can get on a horse, I got to regain all that strength, agility and mobility – all that stuff you need to be physically capable of performing on a horse.

“When I come back, I don’t want to look like I have cobwebs all over me,” Maragh added. “I want to come back and try to pick up where I left off, which is easier said than done, but I’m really working hard at that.”

Maragh said that when he arrived in New York, “I felt like it’s another step forward and a step closer to riding.”

Ron Solberg More than 1 year ago
When I handicap a race I always look and see if your riding and where in that race.Havent had to do it for some time. Looks like ill be doing it again soon. Good luck and get back into 100% shape.
Eli Dawkins More than 1 year ago
He said all the right things now he just has to act on it and comes back stronger and better than before witch he is very capable of doing wishing you all the best my brother
Louisa Foye More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see Raj walking around the track yesterday here in Saratoga, and have been praying to see the day he returns to the saddle. He's been through so much the past couple of years, and deserves to come back strong! He was on top of the world when he went down first in 2014, and had to watch as Johnny rode his Main Sequence to victory in the Breeders Cup, only to come back and get seriously injured again. May special blessings be his in the coming year!
Anthony Fontaine More than 1 year ago
Good luck get well
Joel Schiff More than 1 year ago
Saw you on the Saratoga show on Sunday. You are a terrific rider. Wishing you a healthy future.
Henry Bee More than 1 year ago
gl Rajiv.  caught a lot of winners with you
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
Good luck Raj
Carl Sari More than 1 year ago
Kudos to you Raj. We will be rooting for you all the way......Godspeed