Walker out after breaking arm in exercise ride
Champion jockey and leading rider Omar Walker is set for a long spell on the sidelines after breaking his right arm on the exercise track at Caymanas Park yesterday.
Walker, a five-time champion jockey, reportedly fell off a horse at the four furlong post during workout at the park.
Walker was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital and later transferred to the Andrew's Memorial Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery yesterday.
Walker's agent, Derrick Keith, said Walker, who is on course to win his sixth jockey's title, was very devastated following the injury.
"It was a nasty spill and so he was taken to the Spanish Town Hospital and the X-ray showed that he had a broken arm," said Keith.
"His arm is broken topside (above) his right wrist and so we don't know how long he will be out of action," Keith said. "He is in pain. They had to give him injection to ease the pain," he said.
Keith added that the injury comes at a bad time for Walker who was scheduled to have 10 rides on today's 11-race programme.
"He is very disappointed because we have some very good rides on the card tomorrow (today)," said Keith.
"We have10 rides on the card four or five of them are very good rides and so this a very disappointing time for Omar," he said.
Among Walker's live rides on today's race programme were LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the second race, QUEEN OF BAGDAD in race two, SUPERTRONICS in the race four and IMPLICLASSICAL in the ninth event.
Walker, who is affectionately called 'Champo' by his peers, has ridden 69 winners from 273 rides this year. Former champion jockey Shane Ellis is second in the standings with 45 winners from 209 mounts.