Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza, injured in a training accident over the summer, is hopeful he will make it back to the races in January. Espinoza suffered a fractured vertabra and spinal cord trauma when he was thrown from the stricken Bobby Abu Dhabi (Macho Uno) July 22 at Del Mar.
“My body is getting stronger day by day,” said Espinoza, whose initial treatment was done at Scripps La Jolla and who has been recuperating at his Del Mar residence. “Last week, I saw my doctor and they checked the MRI and it came out perfect. I was surprised, but really happy. Everything is coming along well and I don’t need surgery, which is great. My spinal cord has healed perfectly fine, which was my main concern. I think by sometime in January at Santa Anita I’ll be ready to ride again.”