Hovdey: Espinoza Taking Recovery One Step At A Time

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is taking his recovery one slow step at a time, according to an update from the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey. Although the vertebrae he fractured in a training accident this summer have healed, Espinoza says his doctor still restricts his workout regimen because of the spinal cord damage he suffered in the fall.

Since returning home from the hospital and shedding his neck brace, Espinoza is now about to walk two or three miles, but cannot run more than a few yards and can only lift small weights with his left arm. The jockey’s left arm and leg were numb after the fall, which initially made him concerned he had been paralyzed, but with time the numbness passed.

“An injury involving the spinal cord is no joke,” Espinoza told Hovdey. “For that reason, who knows? I might not ever be able to ride again. But we don’t know yet.”

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