There's an update on Molly's facebook page that she may be released from the hospital today. She has stitches in her mouth which is complicating communition. (Thats directly from the update on FB)
While I know Molly through a friend and not directly, I have to say I watched that fall head on. It wasn't pretty. The fact that she is alive and getting out of the hospital is pretty impressive given the on site status immediately after.
I am glad for her and her family. Here's hoping she has a good recovery.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries
Will be at the Grand National this weekend and MD Hunt Cup next weekend. Then headed to Middleburg ptp to possibly run my own horse in the maiden timber. Just waiting to hear from my jock to make sure he's available.
I don't think there are any less jockeys this year than years past.
There are some injuries out there right now though, with Robbie Walsh sidelined for at least the entire Spring season; Carl Rafter just came back at Loudoun; and Roddy McKenzie is also just coming back from an injury from a fall at Aiken. I believe Ross Geraghty should also be back in the country soon, from what I heard he was just waiting for his visa stuff to go through.
Looks like it was a stretch this weekend though for jockeys for the Grand National, Middleburg, AND Block House. Can only imagine how bad it will be next weekend with the four race meets on Saturday.
Went to Fairfax PtP and the races were filled and excellent and few scratches. Randy Rouse's One Sea won a race which was quite fun! Kinross had some "babies" out who are all gorgeous.
My friends horse Zulla Road had an interference & bad first jump in Open Hurdle and had an awful looking slide/half fall. Jockey Paddy Young hopped off during the fall and it was an amazing display of catlike moves to keep upright.
In one race, 2 horses refused to start and froze. Poor things. Both had the same sire btw; not that that has a thing to do with it! Just a coincidence?
One of the ladies who keeps her pony with me has a spot at the start/finish and my boss's husband will be somewhere around there too. Boss will be outriding for the day. Haven't decided where I am watching from.
I always liked watching at the third, running toward the 6th and climbing up on the fence, then back to between the twelfth and thirteenth. My favorite bit of this was watching them take off at the thirteenth from behind. MAde you realize how big that fence actually was. Then back over to the fence to watch the 16th.You saw 3 big fences pretty close up plus you got some exercise to work off the picnic.
* What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis
That was Coal Dust that was unfortunately lost in the paddock.
Native Mark fell at the sixth fence, with Music to My Ears losing George at the sixth as well. Across the Sky did most of the running on the front, having a furlong lead at one point. Prospector's Strike refused and Justin fell off at the 12th (?). Newly unretired Gus Brown fell from Professor Maxwell at the 16th, breaking his collar bone. Across the Sky looked to be tiring coming into the 17th but still had a big lead. At the 19th, Across the Sky refused while the commotion behind him involved Patrick Worrall and vinnie boy being taken off course be a loose horse. Patrick came back on course, jumped the fence and finished the race.
Twill Do and Private Attack dueled into the last and into the stretch with Twill Do prevailing by 2. The win gave rider James Stierhoff his first sanctioned win!
Private attack was second, followed by Battle Op, Western Fling, Askim, and Vinnie Boy. Unfortunately, Askim bowed (from what I understand) coming across the finish and was vanned off.
Don't know many details from Foxfields except that Ptarmigan won the filly/mare feature, and Tom Voss doubled with Ballet Boy and News Flash.
Did anyone go to Queen's Cup? I heard Darren Nagle and Best Alibi had a bad fall.
If I may whine here a bit.....saw a horse break his rear ankle at Middleburg ptp sunday....is it me or is it taking WAY too long for the vets to get there when there's an obvious catastrophic breakdown. There was even a huge delay sunday for the horse ambulance and they were only a few hundred feet away!!! It took way, way too long IMHO. I mean, were they not paying attention?!! BTW, this is the 3 time I've seen breakdowns in the Glenwood homestretch after the last jump. Whats up I wonder.......
And I always seem to be tailgating right where it happens so it puts a damper on the fun for sure.....always upsets me......
Anyway is was otherwise a good day with great racing. AND a rather shee-shee crowd to boot!! Ladies w/hats!
And a future racing star was born me thinks with the finish of one horse and his phenomenal kick - really wowed the crowd and dang if I can remember his name!!
We were standing on hill at Middleburg and didn't see what happened - just saw the jock walk the horse behind the big steeplethon hedge. The people in the stewards stand did not seem to be aware of what happened either because we walked from the hill to the end of the road behind the stewards stand and were walking back when Don Yonovich yelled up to the announcer saying "hey you've got a broken down horse on the course are you going to call the ambulance?" Sure enough - all you could see were the jock and trainers heads behind the hedge - they were still on the course with the horse. My husband seems to think the breakdowns happen at that location because they run the sanctioned meet and PTP back to back weekends and there may but hoof ruts from the previous weekend in that stretch area that harden during the week. He's seen a lot of breakdowns there as well.