08/24/2013 9:40AM

Saratoga: Rosario out six weeks, Garcia to ride Game On Dude

Barbara D. Livingston
Joel Rosario will be fitted with a cast for his broken left foot.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Joel Rosario, the leading  jockey in the country in both wins and purse money won, will miss six weeks, including important rides this weekend in the Travers and Pacific Classic, due to a broken left foot suffered in a spill at Saratoga on Friday.

Trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Jose Lezcano would replace Rosario on Orb for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes.

Bob Baffert decided later on Saturday to give the mount on Game On Dude in Sunday’s Pacific Classic to Martin Garcia. Baffert said he would scratch Liaison, who Garcia had originally been named to ride.

Rosario had other key rides on Saturday at Saratoga. Trainer Todd Pletcher has named Julien Leparoux to replace Rosario aboard Forty Tales in the King's Bishop; Chad Brown said Mike Smith would ride My  Happy Face in the Test; and Michael Matz has given the mount on Somali Lemonade in the Ballston Spa to Luis Saez.

On Sunday at Del Mar, Patrick Valenzuela has been named to ride Goldencents in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien by trainer Doug O'Neill.

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Rosario was injured when his mount in Friday’s seventh race, Casual Elegance, stumbled past the finish line and unseated him. Rosario told his agent Ron Anderson that the filly might have stepped on him.

Rosario met with Dr. Rick Alfred, an orthopedist and a New York Giants team physician, who was to fit Rosario with a cast.

Rosario, who won the Kentucky Derby on Orb and the Dubai World Cup on Animal Kingdom, led all jockeys in North America in wins with 237 and purse earnings with $16,713,440.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman

Jeanne More than 1 year ago
Attention DRF IT department!!!!!!!!!! How about a SPAM FILTER for Christmas?!?!?!?! Please??????????? Prayers for a great recovery for Joel!!! Please, don't try to get back in the saddle too soon, Joel!!!!! Keith L, Your Dullahan had better do good!!!! LOL Jeanne
lfc1963 More than 1 year ago
Game On Dude is no longer a single. He hasn't won the classic yet. They will have a better chance on Breeders Cup @ his favorite track Santa Anita...
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Yep, totally agree.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
There you go makes sense to go to martin
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
Garcia should've been riding the Dude from day one, I don't know why Bob had given Rosario the ride... Garcia rode this horse and won with him before plus he excercise the horse and knows him well...Now Bob has to ride the jock he should've use in the first place.
geno More than 1 year ago
Garcia can't hold Joel's whip!
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Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Bill More than 1 year ago
What went wrong with Casual Elegance who stumbled past the finish line and unseated Rosario.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
So that's it, Liason scr to give M garc to dude, split purse, OK, thought Johnny V would be called, doesn't ride much sun sar............
Isaiah Smith More than 1 year ago
Guy More than 1 year ago
If Baffert wins...will the Dude's owners split the money with Liason's owner??? Have not heard anything about Liason being hurt...hmmmm
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Liason had absolutely no chance of even hitting the board in this race. He is not hurt - he will be running in an easier race next weekend.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I am not so sure the Dude has a chance either. There is a big question of surface. Don't think he is a horse for the Del Mar course. Probably be another upset like the Travers.
Crickett More than 1 year ago
Well, we have something in common: broken left foot. I know his pain. I wish him a speedy recovery.