On the 13th and final race of Saturday's Belmont Stakes card, jockey Kendrick Carmouche was involved in an accident at the start of the race.
KENTUCKY PHAROAH unseated Carmouche, which unfortunately resulted in injury: a broken right ankle which left him leaving the track hobbling on crutches.
As Carmouche described it, his horse reacted badly out of the gate, unseated him, and then another horse stepped directly onto his ankle as he was lying on the turf course.
KENTUCKY PHAROAH was caught by the outrider and brought back to the headquarters. Carmouche was transported by ambulance Saturday night to a local medical facility.
Make no mistake, a broken ankle is a terrible injury. But it's a relief that it wasn't more serious than that. The same can be said for Irad Ortiz Jr., who just days prior, suffered a broken hand when he was tossed by his horse and stepped on by another, escaping what could have been a catastrophic injury to himself.
On Sunday morning, it was reported that Kendrick Carmouch was still his usual upbeat, positive, and optimistic self.
"I talked to my doctor last night and I'm flying out tonight to Tennessee. He said both of the major bones on each side of my ankle are broken and I need surgery. They're going to do it tomorrow and will have to put a plate on one side of my ankle and a screw in the other," said Carmouche.
He will be operated on by the same surgeon who repaired his right leg when it was broken from a spill back in September 2018.
Carmouche chose to look on the bright side of the situation, saying he has no plan of staying on the sidelines for the entire Saratoga meet.
"I ain't missing nothing," he said with a broad smile, per NYRA Press Office. "I'll be back, better than ever."
Carmouche tweeted, "Life is good. God is great, Lot of prayer, I'll see ya'll soon, Keep pushing!!!"
Source: NYRA Press Office