Victor Espinoza’s next workout on a Thoroughbred is on hold pending further medical evaluation, his agent, Brian Beach, said Jan. 11 at Santa Anita Park.
The 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey worked his first horse Jan. 5 after an absence of more than five months recovering from serious injuries sustained during a training incident at Del Mar in July.
“He’s gotten drastically different opinions from two different doctors,” Beach said, “so rather than choosing the one we want, we’ll seek another opinion and, hopefully, get that done this week and go from there. … We’re in a bit of a holding pattern, but there was no race or horse we had been targeting.
“There was a disagreement among doctors as to whether he could ride in races or just exercise horses—two different interpretations of a scan that was taken. You can’t ignore the opinion you don’t want to believe and go with the opinion you want to believe.
“You’ve got to do the right thing and get an independent, third evaluation and go from there, but Victor feels great. He’s back doing more work with his physical therapist at Del Mar, and he came out of his breeze last Saturday in good shape.
“He has no pain, and he’s fitter than he thought he was—all positive signs. We just have to make sure he’s doing the right thing at the right time.”