After 6 weeks, Hamilton rides again Jockey was hurt in August spill

September 27, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

There was no fear in his eyes, just quiet confidence and a happiness to be back and riding at the track.

Steve Hamilton, 19, was in the irons at Pimlico yesterday for the first time since Aug. 17, when he fractured four ribs and his left elbow in a fall aboard Rockville Academy.

The 3-year-old gelding went down in the fourth race that day, breaking his right cannon bone just below the knee, and was euthanized at the track.

Hamilton, who was taken to Sinai Hospital, has just completed nearly six weeks of rehabilitation and sitting around the house.

There was also a trip back home to Oklahoma and some time spent riding Charlie Fenwick III's mechanical horse.

But there was never a hint of giving up the dangerous life of a jockey. Hamilton said he didn't flinch yesterday before getting on Vada Belle in the third race for his first trip since the accident.

"Things happen," said Hamilton. "I'm ready to be back. The fall could have been a lot worse. I just wish I could have won the race [yesterday]."

He did come close, finishing a neck behind first-place finisher Big Game Hunter in the third.

Hamilton also rode long shot Contare's Doll in the fifth race and finished sixth.

After one more day of light duty tomorrow, the Baton Rouge, La., native will take on a full riding schedule Thursday.

"Getting my elbow back was the main thing," said Hamilton. "I feel badly for the horse [Rockville Academy]. You never want to see that happen."

NOTES: Logan's Mist held off a late surge by Misspitch and then survived a foul claim to capture the $53,010 Sensational Stakes at Pimlico. It was the sixth victory in eight tries this year for Logan's Mist, which was ridden by Edgar Prado. Darci Rice, who rode third-place finisher Amber Princess, lodged the objection against Logan's Mist for "crowding" in the first turn. The claim was disallowed by the stewards. The featured Sensational Stakes originally was scheduled for the turf but was forced to the main track because of heavy rains overnight. . . . Calder Race Course will be added to the full-card, commingled simulcast schedule on Wednesdays, beginning this week. . . . Canton River, a 2 year-old gray gelding, won the eighth race at Pimlico. Canton River is eligible for the Maryland Million Oct. 9 at Laurel. . . . Michael Luzzi finished sixth aboard Green Darlin in the $175,000 Turfway Budweiser Breeders' Cup at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

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