Updated on 07/12/2014 7:32PM

Tony Black hopes to ride again following surgery for broken arm


Veteran jockey Tony Black was injured in a Saturday morning spill at Parx Racing and is scheduled to have surgery for a broken right arm Monday, he said Saturday evening.

Black, 62, was thrown from his mount at a time a horse was loose on the track. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

"I was working a horse this morning and there was a loose horse on the track," Black said. "The alert signals went off and I went to raise up and the right webbing on my saddle broke and I fell."

Black, a winner of 5,208 races, rides only occasionally nowadays but likes to keep active. He is 3 for 16 this year.

Black said that while he was at the hospital he saw several doctors who had previously operated on him when he had been injured. He realizes his riding days are coming to an end but may make one brief comeback before retiring for good.

"I would hate to go out this way, falling and breaking my arm," Black said. "But a light bulb went off with this injury and I think it is time to leave the riding to the younger guys. What I would like to do is come back and ride two more winners, which would give me 5,210, a nice even number."

cheryl More than 1 year ago
My dear Tony - I so enjoy watching you ride. My only regret is you never rode any of my horses. Get well soon so you can ride Street Invader or his half sister Awesome Singer.
Dan Ticktin More than 1 year ago
Tony is the best!!!
Mike More than 1 year ago
Seems all these old-timers are broke in more ways than one
. More than 1 year ago
dude, just ride the bike at the gym. less dangerous. you want a broken butt at age 62?
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
OK Anthony, get back up and go on with it. Oh - and that's still a case of beer to the barn, right?
Steve More than 1 year ago
Do what makes you happy Tony, life's too short...
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
A.S. Tony Black, from the old school. Keep ridng my boy
Billy More than 1 year ago
He's never going to quit and I hope he doesn't. Oldest jockey to win a race right around the corner. Heal up and best wishes, old master.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
if it heals quick then go get that number, but if its one of those slow to heal things then someone up stairs its telling you something, you no what i mean. good luck my man.
Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
This will be my last comment but I wanted to make something clear.. I appreciate everyone who had a hand in this and from where I'm sitting it's been obviously overwhelming.. I never thought I was special or that I was owed something.. What I mean to say is I don't understand this anymore. Are ways are different and when the change happened Idk , my gut tells me you would've reached out to me differently, I'm man with a family and things to lose just like everyone, a hand shake or a phone call something other than decoding emails , some of which were iffy.. This got ugly and I started it so if you could let me piece my life together maybe somewhere down the line il see ya again on better terms. For now though I'm retired. Thank you
W.H. Anderson More than 1 year ago