Apprentice jockey Romero Maragh was a most welcome visitor Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.
The 19-year-old Hollywood, Fla., native was making his first visit to Gulfstream since being injured in a spill Jan. 31.
“I miss the track,” he said. “I couldn’t stay away,”
Maragh underwent surgery to fuse four vertebrae at Aventura Hospital following the spill.
“It’s progressing with time. My back isn’t hurting, My ribs are hurting more right now,” said the vest-clad Maragh, who was warmly and enthusiastically greeted by his fellow jockeys, owners, trainers, valets and fans during his visit.
Maragh, who rode 15 winners during the current Championship Meet and has won a total of 85 races since winning his first race at Gulfstream April 28, said he fully intends to resume his riding career when he’s physically ready.
“Definitely. After my bones heal, I’ll take a month or more or however long it takes to make sure I’m as strong as before,” Maragh said. “I’ll make sure I’m in great shape.”
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