Panici Sidelined

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Panici aboard Sole Volante | Lauren King

Jockey Luca Panici suffered three fractured vertebrae when he was unseated during the 10th race at Gulfstream Park Saturday and is expected to miss several weeks of riding.

“They say there's no surgery. He just needs time to heal,” said the jockey's agent Kevin Meyocks.

Panici has won 724 races since coming to the U.S. from Italy, where he rode more than 500 winners. In 2020 Panici came back from two injuries, a fracture collarbone in February and two broken ribs in April.

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