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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (5/8/04)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Riders Emigh, Thornton, Lopez all OK After Spills, Carlos Silva Transported to Loyola Medical Center for Observation

STICKNEY, IL -- A pair of incidents in Hawthorne's eighth and ninth races resulted in multiple riders incurring bumps and bruises while jockey Carlos Silva was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois after he lost consciousness on the track following a three-horse incident in the day's ninth race.

In the featured eighth race, the $40,000 added Nicole Stakes, jockey Chris Emigh was aboard favored Beret when the horse stumbled and lost her rider a couple of jumps out of the gate. Beret stepped on Emigh's left ankle and his back but the rider was able to walk to the ambulance under his own power and returned to the jockey's quarters with bumps and bruises after taking off his ride in the ninth race.

In the ninth, a three-horse incident occurred when Canyon's My Honey and jockey Timothy Thornton clipped the heels off leader Cool Cart and went down, causing a three-horse spill. Behind the fallen Canyon's My Honey came Wildwood Sam I Am, who went down dropping jockey Carlos Silva hard to the track. Rider Uriel Lopez and Bermuda Blizzard followed, tossing Lopez over the other fallen runners. Both Thornton and Lopez were taken to the First Aid office at Hawthorne and released.

Jockey Carlos Silva was transported directly to Loyola Medical Center since he was temporarily knocked unconscious in the fall. After being seen by doctors at Loyola, Silva was kept overnight for observation as doctors determined that he had suffered a concussion in the spill.

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