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Hawthorne Racecourse (3/3/06)

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Thornton Out; Expected Back Monday

Jockey Tim Thornton, hospitalized Tuesday due to dehydration, is not expected to return to the saddle until Monday, March 6. He was released from Palos Hospital on Friday morning.

“He only has one kidney, and it takes him longer to recover from a sickness than it does for most of us,” said Thornton’s agent Marcus Guidry. “They (doctors) needed to build him up. He’s feeling a lot better now, but he needs a couple of days to get his strength back.”

Through the first week of the Hawthorne spring meet, the 18-year-old journeyman rider owns a record of 13-1-5-1. Thornton ended Hawthorne’s fall meet on an absolute roll, and he and Guidry, the oldest son longtime Chicago rider Mark Guidry, had hoped that that late season success would carry over.

“This is only a bump in the road,” Guidry said. “We'll get him healthy first and hopefully get rolling again.”

Thornton was taken off his scheduled mounts for Friday and Saturday, and wasn’t named to ride when Sunday’s races were drawn on Friday.




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