Driver Yannick Gingras told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he is "75 percent" sure he will be back in the sulky on Friday night (April 12) at Yonkers after recuperating from hernia surgery performed on Monday, April 8.
Gingras has a full slate of mounts this weekend at Yonkers, including several horses trained by Ron Burke scheduled to start in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on Friday and the George Morton Levy Memorial Series on Saturday.
"I talked to Ronnie yesterday about how I felt when he was making driver changes, and I told him it was about 75 percent chance that I'd make it and that I plan on being better,” said Gingras. "He said he'd roll the dice that I was going to be able to make it. It was his call. But I feel pretty good today so I'm confident.”
Gingras said he learned surgery was necessary only last week and had it scheduled immediately. He said it wasn't until after he arrived home following the surgery and his phone was full of missed calls and text messages that he realized his wife, Vicki, had posted his health status on both their facebook pages.
"When I complained to Vicki she reminded me she's had three c-sections so she knew what it is,” Gingras said with a laugh. "She said to not complain to her as she had it worse than me. So she knows when she said Friday night might be borderline for me to go back but she thought for sure Saturday.
"The doctor told me that the third day I would be able to go back to work as it wouldn't be a problem as far as reinjuring it,” added Gingras, who has won 107 races and $1.6 million in purses so far in 2013. "Friday will be the fourth day. My doctor just called me and I told him I had some soreness but he said that was normal and I'd be better every day. I can see a big difference from yesterday to today.”