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Bruce Ranger injured in accident at Pompano Park

02:58 PM 13 May 2014 NZST
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You can see Bryce Fenn's horse go down and Bruce Ranger's horse coming at them.
Pompano Park accident

Pompano Beach, FL – Harness driver Bruce Ranger was taken by ambulance to North Broward Medical Center after injuring his back in a three-horse harness racing accident at the Isle Pompano Park Monday evening.

Three drivers were unseated from their horses, Bruce Ranger, Bryce Fenn and David Ingraham, but only Ranger needed to be taken to the hospital, both Fenn and Ingraham were OK as were the three horses involved in the accident.

The third race pace for a purse of $6,000 saw the field racing Indian-style as they started to come by the grandstand the first time after the opening quarter mile. It was then that driver Bryce Fenn’s horse, Mini Shark, struck the wheel of Buddy’s Hope in front of him and fell to the track. Driver Tom Sells was able to move around the fallen horse while driving Mach It Paidin with minimal interference, but Bruce Ranger, driving Diamond Dude, was unable to avoid racing into the fallen horse and driver.

Ranger was catapulted from his race bike and fell on his back as driver David Ingraham also ran into the pile with his horse, Forward Bliss and was unseated.

Ranger, 55, is the all time winningest driver in the history of Pompano Park with 8,732 wins. It was reported that he was not unconscious and he was complaining of back pain after the accident. Ranger has had severe accidents in the past, including a broken back.

By Steve Wolf, for

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