(June 21, 2008) – Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan suffered minor injuries in a spill in the first race Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. He was taken to Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville for x-rays, which revealed no broken bones or serious injuries, according to his agent Doc Danner.
Bridgmohan, who will turn 29 on Tuesday, was riding Vinstar for owner Stonestreet Stable and trainer Steve Asmussen. Vinstar appeared to take a bad step near the sixteenth pole in the six-furlong sprint and Bridgmohan was dropped in the process of trying to pull the colt up.
The rider appeared to have been kicked by a trailing horse as he rolled under the rail. Bridgmohan was taken to First Aid complaining of pain in his left leg and right arm before being transported to the hospital.
“He’s a little banged up, but the good news is nothing broken,” Danner said. “I just came from the hospital and he was getting dressed and ready to leave. He has some cuts and scrapes and we’ll just take it day to day and hopefully he will be back to riding soon.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Bridgmohan has ridden 36 winners through the first 40 days of the 52-day Spring Meet to rank sixth in the rider standings. He shared the riding title at Churchill Downs’ 2006 Fall Meet and rode Pyro to an eighth-place finish in this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Vinstar, a 3-year-old son of Vindication, had to be euthanized after suffering sesamoid fractures in both front legs and a dislocated right front fetlock, according to Dr. Lafe Nichols, the state veterinarian for Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
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