Broken wrist sidelines rider Johnston for Million

September 18, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mark Johnston, the third-leading rider in Maryland Million history, will miss Saturday's races after fracturing his wrist Saturday at Delaware Park. The Maryland jockey broke the radius bone in his left wrist when his mount, Mt. Moran, stumbled at the gate and tossed him.

"The doctor set the bone yesterday and said it was a good place to break it," Johnston said.

He expects to return to racing by Oct. 8, when Laurel Park opens. At Pimlico on Thursday, Johnston became the 102nd jockey to ride 3,000 winners. He has eight Maryland Million wins, trailing only Edgar Prado (16) and Mario Pino (nine).

Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, WNUV, Channel 54, will televise the final four races (Distaff, Turf, Sprint and Classic) and show highlights of the first six.

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