Updated on 03/18/2015 6:56AM

Nakatani may have broken collarbone

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Barbara D. Livingston
Corey Nakatani was injured when his mount appeared to clip heels in Sunday's fifth race at Santa Anita.

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who fell in an accident in the fifth race at Santa Anita on Sunday, believes he has a broken collarbone, agent Tony Matos said Sunday.

Nakatani and Matos were still awaiting X-ray confirmation at Huntington Memorial Trauma Center in nearby Pasadena, where Nakatani was transported after the accident. But Matos said Nakatani "thinks he's got a broken collarbone."

"He should know. He's broken it three times," Matos said.

"What an unfortunate thing," Matos added. "But considering the way he fell, we should feel fortunate that's all it is."

Matos said that once the X-rays are processed and they see a doctor they will have a better idea of how long Nakatani will be sidelined.

Nakatani was injured when his mount, Bilger's Sapphire, appeared to clip heels with Bullwinkle Babe near the quarter pole of a downhill turf sprint

Nakatani was attended to on the turf course by medical personnel, who placed him on a backboard before putting him in an ambulance.

Bilger's Sapphire got up immediately and was walked back to her barn. She did not appear to be injured.

Nakatani, 44, is a finalist on this year's Hall of Fame ballot. He has won 3,771 races.