SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Two plates here,” jockey Rajiv Maragh said, pointing to the long scar up his right forearm, then he turned his arm over to show a companion scar.
“Thirteen screws here.”
And somehow, this injury is an afterthought now.
The 32-year-old from Jamaica broke his arm in September of 2014 when Wicked Strong clipped heels with Moreno in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Maragh had a big fall lined up, with regular rides on eventual dual champion Main Sequence, whom he had just won aboard in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in the previous race, and Artemis Agrotera, one of the top filly sprinters in the country.
Instead, Maragh missed the Breeders’ Cup and was out of work for almost four months.
That big fall would come later. Just not on the calendar.
Saturday is Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Day Across America, when tracks such as Saratoga Race Course will host a variety of events to raise awareness and money for this vitally important organization.
If dropping Andy Serling into the dunking booth sounds like it would soothe your soul, get your pitching arm warmed up from 1-3 Saturday afternoon.
PDJF Day is actually one of the more lively, fun days of the Saratoga season, regardless of the racing, but the somber undertone of why the organization exists at all is inescapable.
Maragh is back at the Spa in 2017 and, of course, hasn’t required the services of the PDJF. But his story still stands as a powerful reminder of why the organization needs all the support it can get.
On July 10, 2015, six months after Maragh triumphantly returned from his broken arm, the big…
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