Jockey Wilson remains critical

May 12, 2004|By Tom Keyser

Three days after a horse stepped on his head at Pimlico Race Course, veteran jockey Rick Wilson remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"He's going the right way," said John Salzman Jr., his agent. "They said they had him up and he took a few steps. He's still responding, but he's still critical, and he's going to be critical for a while."

Salzman said that Wilson remains heavily medicated and on a ventilator. When nurses took him off the ventilator briefly Sunday, Salzman said, Wilson spoke with his wife.

Wilson, 50, was injured Saturday at Pimlico when his mount stumbled, threw him to the ground and inadvertently stepped on his head. A winner of 4,939 races, he ranks 20th on the jockeys' career-wins list.

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