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Jockey Improving After Race Accident

Jockey Kathy Mayo remained in serious condition Saturday, but showed improvement one day after being thrown into a rail by her horse during a race.

Mayo, 33, sustained a separated spine, broken ribs and fractures in her back. Also, her pelvis was shattered in one place and broken in another.

She seems to have escaped spinal injuries that could cause paralysis, and by Saturday afternoon was talking and moving in her hospital bed, said her husband and agent, Jim Sorensen.

Doctors will insert metal pins and a plate today to repair Mayo’s pelvis, and on Monday they will try to surgically fuse the 11th and 12th vertebrae of her spine.

Mayo remained in the intensive care unit at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Mayo, the top female jockey in the country in 1996, was only 10-15 yards out of the gate during the race at Portland Meadows when her horse, Irish Kreme, darted suddenly to the left, said Sorensen, who was announcing the race. Mayo was thrown against the inner rail, landing hard on her back and left side.

Mayo also suffered a collapsed lung and an injured kidney.