Jockey Joel Rosario after Special Reserve won the Grade 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 8, 2021. Keeneland/Coady Photography.

Rosario Sidelined With Hairline Rib Fracture

Edited Press Release

Joel Rosario, the leading rider by earnings in North America this season, is scheduled to miss some action with a hairline rib fracture which occurred in the second race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Dec. 2.

Rosario, a leading candidate for the 2021 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, was unseated from his mount Irish Constitution, who ducked in past the wire after finishing seventh. The filly was caught by the outrider and subsequently returned to trainer Ray Handal. 

Agent Ron Anderson said they will wait a few more days before coming up with a time frame for Rosario’s return.

“Last night he had a little pain when he was trying to inhale,” said Anderson. “They found a hairline fracture in his rib. We’ll wait and see how he feels in the next three to four days and set up a timetable from there.”

Rosario had several records within reach, including that of stakes, graded stakes and most money earned in one calendar year. His tallied 69 stakes victories were only seven shy of the late Garrett Gomez’s record which was set in 2007. 

In addition, Rosario has earned 49 graded stakes victories in 2021, coming close to the record of 55 graded stakes coups set by Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey in 2003. 

Rosario’s mounts banked a total of 32,944,478 this year, just over a million shy of Irad Ortiz, Jr.’s 2019 record of 34,109,019. 

This year, Rosario’s highlights include victories aboard Knicks Go in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup, Grade 1 Whitney and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He also secured Grade 1 victories aboard Gufo, Echo Zulu, Jackie’s Warrior and Malathaat. 

“It was a magical year,” Anderson said. “He’s very close to three huge records: stakes, graded stakes and money in one calendar year. It’s all been great. There’s a lot of luck involved with these kinds of years. We’ve been very fortunate. We’ll play this out and hope for another great year next year.”