Derby Day full of thrills... and spills

05/05/2014 11:08 AM

The 140th Run for the Roses left some indelible memories for California Chrome and his trainer Art Sherman, but the day also brought its share of injuries and heart break.

In the third race of the day the number 7 horse, Ranger Regiment, appeared to clip heels with another horse that resulted in a chain reaction pile up and several jockeys to get tossed from their horses.

Marcelino Pedroza Jr., who was aboard Ranger Regiment was thrown from his mount and taken, via ambulance, to the hospital along with fellow jockey Megan Fadlovich. Pedroza was released later the same day after scans came back clear. Fadlovich, who was aboard Grand Slam Kid, suffered an injured knee. A third jockey, James Graham was also unseated from Swift Humor but did not require medical attention.

All three horses, Ranger Regiment, Swift Humor and Grand Slam Kid, came away relatively unscathed.

Unfortunately for jockey Jon Court, he was not so lucky. Court suffered a broken hand after his horse, Canadian Winner, broke down during the 13th and final race of the day. Jockey Jose Ortiz was also thrown from his mount, Appealing Alex, as they collided with Canadian Winner. Ortiz was sore but uninjured.

Court’s agent, Steve Krajcir, told the Daily Racing Form that, “It’s a clean break… The doctors haven’t estimated how much time he’ll miss, but hopefully, it won’t be all that long.”

Canadian Winner, who was trained by D. Wayne Lukas, had to be euthanized. The other horse, Appealing Alex, was taken from the track but his injuries are not known at this time.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or


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