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Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman Out After A.M. Spill

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 17, 2009) - Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman will be out of action for an indefinite period of time after he sustained a fractured collarbone during training hours Saturday.

Zimmerman, 27, was working a Tom Amoss-trained horse when he was thrown near the three-sixteenths pole. Zimmerman is expected to undergo surgery next week.

Through Friday, Zimmerman has four wins from 78 starters at the meet. He was scheduled for three mounts on Saturday, one of which was scratched.

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