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APPRENTICE JOCKEY MICHAEL STRAIGHT TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING EIGHTH RACE SPILL AT ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 26, 2009) – Apprentice jockey Michael Straight was taken to Lutheran General Hospital following an incident in the eighth race Wednesday at Arlington Park.
Straight, 24, was riding Im No Gentleman in the mile and a sixteenth race when his mount appeared to have clipped heels with another horse in the vicinity of the quarter pole and the rider fell to the track.
Straight was tended to by track paramedics and after being stabilized was transported to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge for further evaluation.
Hospital officials indicated that his vital signs were good and that after being checked for head and back injuries that the rider would likely undergo surgery to stabilize the back sometime in the next 24 hours.
Straight’s parents and twin brother Matthew, who is also a jockey, are en route to Chicago to be with the rider through his recovery.
Further information will be made available as it is received from the rider’s family.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 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, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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