Jockeys Jensen, Chapa Recovering

Cody Jensen, Roman Chapa recovering after falls.

Champion jockey Cody Jensen.

The 2013 champion jockey Cody Jensen suffered a broken collarbone on Sunday night during the running of the Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos, as confirmed by a text message from wife Amy Jensen to Stallionesearch.

As the field broke from the starting gate, Jensen was aboard the Paul Jones-trained Native Tea Rose. As a yearling, Native Tea Rose brought $330,000 from the Lazy E Ranch consignment at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale of 2010. The Abigail Kawanakoa-owned Charger Bar Handicap (G2) winner went to the ground after only a handful of strides from the start of the race, sending jockey Jensen tumbling to the ground.

Native Tea Rose was euthanized after suffering a spinal injury, based on the evaluation by track veterinarian Becky Fitzgerald, D.V.M. Jensen was transported to a local hospital for evaluation concerning a possible injured shoulder. 

Jensen has suffered from multiple injuries in the past, including a broken clavicle that required surgery on May 20, 2013 after a spill at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Jensen is currently second in the national standing in money earned with $2,334,780 for 2014. He was the winning jockey for the Heritage Place Futurity (G1), as well as the Rainbow Derby (G1) and Ruidoso Futurity (G1) this year.

Veteran rider Roman Chapa is reportedly resting comfortably after sustaining broken ribs in a spill at Lone Star Park on Friday, September 27.

Predominantly a Thoroughbred rider, Chapa was at Lone Star Park and was listed to ride the Brandon Muniz-trained Thrill Me Baby in the Dash For Cash Derby trials.

In the third race, a 220-yard starter allowance, Chapa and his mount Men Dee Go were 70 yards or so from the wire when the horse broke down, sending Chapa into the racecourse in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Antonio Delgado Sr. trainee was later euthanized due to injuries sustained on the racetrack, and Chapa was transported to Methodist Hospital in Arlington for examination of his injuries.

"I have several broken ribs," said Chapa. "I also have a clavicle separation from the shoulder, and a few hairline fractures to the clavicle. I sustained an injury to the clavicle five or more years ago, and the doctors said according the to x-rays that it never properly healed from that injury. The doctors are saying that I can expect to be out a few months from the injuries, but I have a tendency to come back from injuries much faster. I hope to be back trying to get in riding shape in a couple of weeks. It all depends on how I feel, as well as how fast the ribs and clavicle heal."

Earlier this racing season, Chapa had qualified Super Sporting Dash into the Ruidoso Derby (G1) for trainer Joel Valeriano. His career highlight thus far came aboard the Steve Wren trained Mr Jester (TB) in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, in 2003.

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