Hutton to make return today, 3 months after Laurel spill

May 27, 1994|By Ross Peddicord

Greg Hutton makes his comeback at Pimlico Race Course today after being sidelined with a broken back and fractured shoulder for more than three months.

The 32-year-old jockey drew the rail on the speedy veteran He Is Risen in the $23,000 sixth race.

Hutton said yesterday that he lost so much flexibility from the back injury that "I couldn't bend over and tie my shoes."

But after spending two months in therapy "I feel better now than I did before I was injured," he said.

Hutton went down when his mount, Instant Impact, collapsed from an apparent heart attack and broke his leg in the second race at Laurel Race Course on Feb. 20.

* Contractual disputes with horsemen have been solved and the initial National Best Seven bet will take place as scheduled on Monday. There had been some question if the bet could proceed, but Chris Scherf, executive director of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, said all jurisdictional approvals were obtained last night.

* A Virginia circuit court judge cleared the way yesterday for Loudoun County residents to vote Aug. 2 on a referendum that could prevent a racetrack from being built in their jurisdiction. Pimlico/Laurel operator Joe De Francis, who is proposing building a track in the county, is appealing the judge's decision to the state Supreme Court.

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