Jockey Rene Douglas may be paralyzed after being thrown from his horse during a race on Saturday at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago, the Associated Press reported.
Agent Dennis Cooper said Douglas spent seven hours in surgery on Sunday and afterward doctors told him the jockey could not feel his lower limbs. Cooper said doctors won’t know Douglas’ status for certain until swelling reduces in about two weeks.
“They said he might not walk again … he’ll probably have use of his upper body, but they gave it to me straight that he’s not likely to walk,” he said.
Douglas was aboard Born to Be 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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