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Surgery May End Career Of Top US Jockey Migliore
Leading US jockey Richie Migliore will require surgery to repair broken vertebrae in his neck & his riding career may be over, reported US Daily Racing Form. Migliore, 46, broke his neck in fall at Belmont Park in 1988 & was sidelined for 6 months; he reinjured the same area when thrown in a race at Aqueduct in January & has been "riding in pain even since". Migliore "will have 4 vertebrae fused at Mt Sinai Hospital in Manhattan this week" & confirmed: "The possibility does exist (that he may have to retire from riding), but I don't want to be too premature one way or the other. The possibility I've ridden my last race is a little too emotional for me to think about." Migliore landed his 4,000th winner at Aqueduct in February 2005 & his mounts have won more than US$160 million.