Doctors have cleared Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza to resume his riding career, the 46-year-old rider said Sunday morning. Espinoza suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a stinger to his left shoulder and arm in a training accident at Del Mar July 22 and has been sidelined since then, but returned to take part in morning workouts Jan. 5.
“Everything is good,” Espinoza said this morning. “You see different doctors and they have different opinions, but at the end of the day, I probably feel stronger than before. Doctors said I could go back to riding and see how I feel, and if I feel good, I'm good to go.”
According to Espinoza's agent, Brian Beach, Espinoza could return to race action in the middle of February.