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THURSDAY STATEMENT FROM MATTHEW STRAIGHT IN REGARD TO JOCKEYS’ GUILD UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR MICHAEL
(Sept. 3, 2009) – Jockey Matthew Straight, twin brother of apprentice jockey Michael Straight who was injured in a Aug. 26 incident at Arlington Park, has issued the following statement regarding Saturday’s fundraising effort for Mike.
“My family wants to thank the Jockeys’ Guild and our fellow riders for their generosity and support for Mike as he continues to recover from his injuries.”
Note: Matthew is named to ride SMILE Stable’s More Than Able in Saturday’s 4th race at Arlington Park, a 1 1/16-mile turf race. The Jan Ely-trained horse had been ridden by Michael in his previous four starts, including a victory on June 7.
“With the national fundraising effort for Mike taking place that day, I really wanted to be able to be part of it and ride a horse. This horse is one that Mike had been riding and won on. It would really be great to win one for Mike that day.”
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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