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US Jockey Migliore Retires After 30 years
Leading US jockey Richard Migliore (wearing a neck brace after fracturing his neck for a 2nd time in a racefall at Aqueduct in January) announced to the media at Belmont Park: "No big surprise why we're here: my career as a jockey is over, not by choice." Migliore, 46, had hoped to resume riding after undergoing fusion surgery (to several vertebrae in his neck & spine) last month, but doctors told him last week that "another return was not possible following a final diagnosis of fractured vertebrae". He explained: "They wound up putting in 2 plates, 8 screws & fusing (verterbrae) C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7 & T-1." During his 30-year career (mostly in New York, including 10 riding titles at Aqueduct) Migliore rode 4,450 winners (362 stakes victories) & his mounts earned US$160,205,725. He began riding in 1980 & won the 1981 Eclipse Award as the top US apprentice with 298 victories. Migliore 1st broke his neck in a 1988 fall at Belmont Park, a near fatal accident that sidelined him for 6 months & "was so gruesome it became the focus of an episode of the Rescue 911 television series; in other falls, he suffered a broken arm, ankle & fibula. Migliore's many Gr1-wins included victories on Affirmed Success, Dixie Chatter, Eternal Prince, Flashing, Friends Lake, Harmony Lodge, Hidden Lake, Kip Deville, Lady Shirl, Lunar Sovereign, Milesius, Miss Linda, Pompeii, Richter Scale, Student Council, Tactile, Tenski, Tis Juliet, Volga, Wild Again & Win.