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Jockey Pablo Morales suffered a horrific injury which saw his finger almost bitten off by a rival horse before the start of a race. Morales was gearing up to participate in a race at the Tampa Bay Downs when the freak incident occurred.
The 34-year-old was aboard the four-year-old Nicolino in the starting stalls when another runner came alongside and took a chunk of his flesh and almost his entire finger.
In agony and feeling a burning sensation, Morales was taken to hospital and later admitted to surgery to reattach the finger. Prior to going under the knife, he uploaded a snap to Twitter of his x-ray and wrote: “Going into surgery soon, my finger was almost completely amputated. I just really hope they can save it.”
After the successful procedure, he posted another photo with his finger and arm with significant bandaging, and gave a thumbs up for the camera. “I just wanted to say thank you all for your prayers and well wishes, surgery went well and they were able to reattach my finger,” he began.
“It was a really bad break so they want to see how the next few weeks play out but we are optimistic that it’s on to stay ! Again thank u for the love.” He added: “I wasn’t sure what happened. But when I saw my hand and went into the ambulance, I knew it was really bad.
“I was actually bitten by the horse next to me. I didn’t know what happened because I just felt a hit and then my finger was hanging.” It was only when Morales watched the clip of the incident later on that he realised that he was bitten, rather than caught by a flailing hoof.
“When I looked at the video, it was like we both reached that point at the same time,” the jockey continued. “My horse took a fast step forward, and when I reached with my hand to hold on to the bar (between the stalls), she reached to the left with her head and we met in the middle.
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“I was getting ready to grab some mane again (for the start), and when I saw my finger I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is terrible’. The timing was unbelievable. It’s the freakiest accident I’ve ever been involved in.”
The Florida based jockey – who has ridden over 2,500 winners – is now expected to be out of action for at least several weeks.
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