Douglas remains hospitalized

Updated: May 24, 2009, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Jockey Rene Douglas was in fair condition Sunday, a day after being thrown from his horse during a race at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago.

Douglas was aboard Born to Be during Saturday's Arlington Matron Handicap when the horse clipped heels with another horse and fell at the top of the stretch. Born to Be flipped and tossed Douglas over her head and she then landed on top of the rider.

Douglas' agent, Dennis Cooper, told Thoroughbredtimes.com that he couldn't bring himself to watch the replay.

"She went straight down head over heels just like in slow motion," Cooper said. "She hit him with her whole body, dropped there on top of him and just laid there."

He said the horse had to be lifted from Douglas' body.

Bloodhorse.com and Thoroughbredtimes.com reported Sunday that Douglas had extensive injuries to his neck and spinal cord and may lose the use of his legs.

"They said he might not walk again, it didn't look like," Cooper told Bloodhorse.com."They won't be a million percent sure until after the swelling goes down in about 10 to 14 days, but it doesn't look good."

Messages left by The Associated Press for Cooper on Sunday were not immediately returned.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital said Sunday afternoon that Douglas was in fair condition. Neither the hospital nor Arlington Park officials would release any details about his injuries.

"All of our thoughts and prayers are obviously with Rene and his family, and we continue to hope for the best," Arlington Park spokesman David Zenner said.

Douglas has nearly 3,600 North American victories, including the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna and the 1996 Belmont Stakes on Editor's Note. His mounts have earned more than $102-million through Saturday.


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