Johnston breaks collarbone

September 09, 1995|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Mark Johnston fractured his collarbone yesterday after tumbling off a maiden 2-year-old filly and might be forced to miss the mount on Warning Glance in a $2 million Breeders' Cup race.

The accident has sent local agents scrambling to line up their jockeys on Johnston's mounts.

For the past year and a half, Johnston, 24, has led the Maryland standings and rides as many as eight or nine horses a day as well as many of the state's leading runners. He could be out as long as five or six weeks.

Johnston's accident occurred a day after Edgar Prado, another leading Maryland jockey, returned to the races after spending 3 1/2 months recovering from several fractured vertebrae.

Johnston will not only miss mounts on Ameri Valay, Count On Numbers and Goldminer's Dream in three stakes with a combined value of $225,000 this weekend at Pimlico Race Course, but the injury will cause him to skip the mount on Warning Glance next Saturday in the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park and possibly the Breeders' Cup Turf on Oct. 28.

"The list goes on and on, not to mention the Maryland Million [Oct. 14]," Johnston said last night after being released from Sinai Hospital. "This happened at a bad time."

The incident occurred after the third race at Pimlico when Johnston was pulling up first-time starter Laspare after finishing fourth in the third race.

Johnston said the horse stumbled, and when it occurred to him that she was going to flip, "I leaped off to keep from getting pinned under her. When I did, I hit the ground on my right shoulder. As soon as I got up, I knew I had broken my collarbone."

Johnston fractured his left collarbone three years ago "so now I have matching breaks. Only then, I wasn't doing so well and was in no hurry to get back. Now, I'm going to try to get back as soon as I can, hopefully by Maryland Million."

Trainer King Leatherbury, who rides Johnston on many of his horses, is likely to replace him today with Albert Delgado on Ameri Valay in the Polynesian Stakes. Delgado is named to ride )) Texturizer, but that horse might be scratched.

Trainer Carlos Garcia said he will put Omar Klinger on Count On Numbers in the Bernard P. Bond Stakes today and Ann Merryman, trainer of Goldminer's Dream, said that Prado is a possibility to ride her horse tomorrow in the Ben Cohen Stakes. However, Goldminer's Dream also is entered today in the Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Philadelphia Park "and Herb

McCauley will ride him if that's where we end up going," Merryman said.

Klinger escaped serious injury yesterday after he was thrown from Dah Vizard in Pimlico's ninth race.

Warning Glance's trainer, Charlie Hadry, said he is "getting on the phone" to line up Johnston's replacement on his colt in the Grade I Man o' War Stakes.

Jerry Roadcap, trainer of Laspare, said his filly was not injured in yesterday's spill.

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