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INJURY UPDATE ON ARLINGTON PARK JOCKEYS OCAMPO & LOPEZ
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 18, 2007) – Jockeys Israel Ocampo and Uriel Lopez, who were taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill. following an incident in Friday’s second race at Arlington Park, have each sustained multiple injuries as a result of the spill.
Both jockeys will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time.
According to his agent Jodie Sinclair, Ocampo, whose horse High Pay fell just before the top of the stretch, suffered multiple facial injuries, which required surgery on Friday evening.
“He’s doing well this morning all things considered,” said Sinclair on Saturday morning. “They operated on him last night.” Aside from his facial injuries, “he had no other broken bones and is going to be released tomorrow. He’s a young man and he’ll bounce back from this. He’s the toughest guy I know.”
According to Lopez’s agent John Christiano, Lopez “has a broken left thumb and a small cast on his hand as well as several bruised ribs,” which resulted in some minor internal injuries. “If all goes well, he’ll be released tonight or tomorrow morning. They said he can’t ride for about four weeks but he should be ready to go by opening day at Hawthorne.”
Lopez fell when his mount McLord could not avoid the fallen horse (High Pay) on the track.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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