Jockey hurt in fall at Timonium Douglas' condition serious but stable

September 01, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jockey Frank G. Douglas was injured in the fifth race at Timonium yesterday after being bucked from his horse. He was listed in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma.

His horse, River Show, was in the middle of the pack of nine horses halfway through the race, the farthest inside a group of three riders against the rail.

In what track steward Mike Hopkins described as a chain reaction, the farthest out of the three horses bore inside, pinning River Show against the rail. The horse, in turn, flipped Douglas straight over the horse's head and onto the ground, where he lay bleeding from both ears.

Douglas, who had gained prominence by riding Captain Bodgit in his first seven races, including five straight victories, was initially able to move his arm and legs and was talking.

"You can't put the blame on anyone," Hopkins said. "It was just a series of events that led to the fall."

Pub Date: 9/01/97

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