Two jockeys apparently escaped serious injury but one horse had to be destroyed after a collision in the seventh race yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.
Apprentice Jesus Salinas was taken to Sinai Hospital for X-rays after complaining of neck pain. The other jockey, Mark Munden, walked away bruised, but OK.
The problem started as the field came off the final turn and headed into the stretch. Cain's Able, with Munden aboard, broke down, and Doctor Whimpypuss, with Salinas up, was unable to avoid running into him.
An examination revealed that Cain's Able fractured both sesamoids and had the cannon bone exposed. In layman's terms, the horse's ankle was shattered.
Doctor Whimpypuss ran away, apparently to race again. A stewards' inquiry found no fault.
* Ms. Copelan, idle since last July, held off late bids by Missy White Oak and Starlight Surprise to capture the $17,000 allowance feature.
A winner of her first two, then a dull fifth after being fractious in the gate in the third start, Ms. Copelan came back full of run. She won by three-quarters of a length after setting the pace most of the way for six furlongs.
In the process, she upset the previously unbeaten and favored Darinka.
NOTES: An auxiliary press box is being added on the roof of the grandstand in anticipation of Arazi's participation in the Preakness. "We've needed more space and with the prospect of Arazi coming over and the European media, this is the year to do it," said Damon Thayer, director of media relations. . . . Pimlico's first town meeting is scheduled for Saturday on the second-floor grandstand at 11:30 a.m. It is patterned after a similar affair Saturday at Laurel, which seemed to go over well with fans, who aired their concerns. The meeting will feature simulcasts of the $500,000 Santa Anita Derby and $250,000 Gotham Stakes. . . . There was a minus show pool of $300.12 in the fourth race yesterday after Penny For Jessie was sent off at 3-to-5. . . . The subway to Rogers Avenue will run Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the end of September. MTA provides a shuttle to the track for riders, who will receive free admission.