Laffit Pincay, whose mounts have earned more purse money than any other jockey, suffered a broken vertebra in a spill Sunday at Santa Anita and will be sidelined about a month, his physician said Monday.
Pincay, the lifetime purse leader with a total of more than $127 million and third in this year's Daily Racing Form standings with more than $11.7 million, was unseated just as he and a 2-year-old filly, May First, left the gate in Sunday's third race.
Barely conscious, Pincay was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for scrapes and bruises to the face.
After being released late Sunday, Pincay saw Dr. Robert Kerlan Monday. Kerlan said that the jockey suffered a compressed fracture of the 12th vertebra, which is about two-thirds of the way down the back.
Kerlan indicated that the break probably occurred in an area of the back where Pincay had been injured before.
Pincay, who is 41 today, will wear a brace and undergo rehabilitation during his recuperation period. Kerlan said that the jockey's facial injuries had improved overnight and that the swelling had gone down.