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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


(Aug. 29, 2009) – Jockey Matthew Straight, twin brother of apprentice jockey Michael Straight who was injured in a Wednesday incident at Arlington Park, has issued the following statement regarding the condition of his brother.

“Mike is now responsive to commands. We know it’s going to be a slow step-by-step process but we are staying optimistic and staying strong. He is scheduled to undergo a few procedures today.

“We are working on setting up a fund for those wishing to contribute and as soon as we have those details – we will pass that information along.

“Please continue to keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers.”

Note: Matthew will continue to issue updates as appropriate.

Background: Apprentice jockey Michael Straight was taken to Lutheran General Hospital following an incident in the eighth race Wednesday at Arlington Park. Straight, 23, was riding Im No Genetleman 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.





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