A toe fracture will sideline top local rider Evin Roman for about three weeks.
Roman, leading rider at the winter meet and 2017 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice, sustained the injury Tuesday morning at Santa Anita.
Roman was on a skittish 2-year-old when the horse ducked. Roman jumped off, and the horse stepped on a left toe.
According to Roman’s agent, Tony Matos, Roman had X-rays taken Tuesday that already were examined by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Tabone.
After seeing the X-rays, Matos said Tabone told him the fracture “wasn’t a major deal” and that Roman could be back riding in about three weeks.
Roman is scheduled to meet with Dr. Tabone on Wednesday morning for further examination and to plan rehabilitation.
Roman, 20, was off to a slow start at the current meet which began on April 13. He won with 2 of his first 29 mounts. He lost his five-pound apprentice allowance during the winter-spring meet when he was leading rider with 46 wins from 321 mounts.