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No return date for injured Martin Garcia

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Martin Garcia remains sidelined from the effects of a fall during training hours in late September and does not have a definitive comeback date.

Thom Mitchell, Garcia’s agent, said earlier this week that Garcia hopes to return to riding soon.

“There is no change to speak of,” Mitchell said.

Garcia, 33, has won 26 races from 214 mounts this year. Earlier this decade, when closely allied with trainer Bob Baffert, Garcia won the 2010 Preakness Stakes on Lookin At Lucky and the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic on Bayern.

Jockey, vet suspended

Jockey Ruben Fuentes has been suspended four racing days, beginning Saturday, after Santa Anita stewards determined he did not maintain a straight course on Queen of the Track in the third race Oct. 1 at Santa Anita. Fuentes intends to appeal the decision, according to his agent, Saul Marquez.

Veterinarian Nicola Hardgrove has been suspended 10 days – from Oct. 18-27 – for filing inaccurate veterinarian reports, according to a stewards’ ruling issued Monday. This was Hardgrove’s fourth offense this year, the ruling stated.

Jockeys Matt Garcia and Tiago Pereira were fined $200 each for an altercation in the jockeys’ room at Del Mar on Sept. 3, the closing day of the track’s summer meeting.

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