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Laffit Pincay Jr. sidelined with neck injury

Date: 03/06/2003

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will remain out of action for an undetermined period due to a neck injury he suffered in a spill at Santa Anita Park last Saturday.

Pincay’s son, Laffit III, said today that his father suffered two fractures to the same bone in his neck (cervical two).

"He'll be released from an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital in the next day or so and will be in a Halo cast for eight weeks. After the application of the Halo, everything is where they (the doctors) want it to be, and my dad is in good spirits.

"We expect a full recovery, and a decision on his career will be made at a future date," Pincay III added.

Pincay, 56, was injured when his mount, Trampus Too, clipped heels with Rainman’s Request in the fifth race, sending Pincay to the ground.

At the time the injury did not appear to be serious, and Pincay was treated in the track’s first aid station and released. He was expected to return on Friday and was named to ride six horses, but when the pain persisted Pincay agreed to be examined by doctors who discovered the more serious injury.

Pincay is racing’s all-time leading jockey with 9,531 wins. He also ranks first all-time at Santa Anita Park with 2,860 wins, and is currently second in the Santa Anita jockey standings with 52 wins.

From a Santa Anita press release.

Photo courtesy of Tina Hines.

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