April 19, 2014
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - The agent for jockey Rene Douglas says the rider might have been paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a race at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago.
Dennis Cooper told Bloodhorse.com Monday that doctors "gave it to me straight that he's not likely to walk."
Cooper says Douglas spent seven hours in surgery on Sunday at Chicago's Northwestern Hospital.
But he says doctors won't know Douglas' status for certain until swelling reduces in about two weeks.
Douglas was aboard Born to Be during Saturday's Arlington Matron
Handicap when the horse clipped hooves with another horse and fell at the top of the stretch. Born to Be flipped and tossed Douglas over her head and then landed on him.
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