Jockey Rene Douglas was in fair
condition Sunday, a day after being thrown from his horse during a
race at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago.
Douglas was aboard Born to Be during Saturday's Arlington Matron
Handicap when the horse clipped heels with another horse and fell
at the top of the stretch. Born to Be flipped and tossed Douglas
over her head and she then landed on top of the rider.
Douglas' agent, Dennis Cooper, told Thoroughbredtimes.com that
he couldn't bring himself to watch the replay.
"She went straight down head over heels just like in slow
motion," Cooper said. "She hit him with her whole body, dropped
there on top of him and just laid there."
He said the horse had to be lifted from Douglas' body.
Bloodhorse.com and Thoroughbredtimes.com reported Sunday that
Douglas had extensive injuries to his neck and spinal cord and may
lose the use of his legs.
"They said he might not walk again, it didn't look like,"
Cooper told Bloodhorse.com."They won't be a million percent sure
until after the swelling goes down in about 10 to 14 days, but it
doesn't look good."
Messages left by The Associated Press for Cooper on Sunday were
not immediately returned.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital said Sunday afternoon that
Douglas was in fair condition. Neither the hospital nor Arlington
Park officials would release any details about his injuries.
"All of our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Rene and
his family, and we continue to hope for the best," Arlington Park
spokesman David Zenner said.
Douglas has nearly 3,600 North American victories, including the
2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna and the
1996 Belmont Stakes on Editor's Note. His mounts have earned more
than $102-million through Saturday.