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Monday, July 16
Jockey Luzzi breaks ankle

ELMONT, N.Y. -- Jockey Mike Luzzi broke his left ankle in a starting gate mishap at Belmont Park Sunday.

Luzzi was aboard first-time starter Gold N Fancy in the third race for 2-year-old maiden fillies. Gold N Fancy flipped in the gate and Luzzi came off.

Luzzi was sent to nearby North Shore University Hospital, where X-rays revealed the fracture.

Roger Sutton, Luzzi's agent, said, "Mike said he heard [his ankle] crack."

Luzzi, 31, was enjoying one of his best New York meets and was seventh in the standings with 23 winners and more than $1 million in earnings.. He rode Critical Eye to two stakes win at the Belmont spring/summer meet, the Grade 1 Hempstead and the Sheepshead Bay handicaps.

Luzzi, the winner of the Eclipse Award for top apprentice in 1989, came to New York in the mid-1990's from Maryland, where he was a leadng rider.

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