A nasty-looking spill marred the sixth race at the Lycoming County Fair in north-central Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 22, but early reports indicate that the harness racing driver, Dr. David Swaney, and trotter Green Card appeared to emerge not too much the worse for wear.
Green Card, a 2-year-old daughter ofmaking only her third lifetime start, was racing in midpack of a spread-out field when she had equipment trouble and made a break. Swaney, 72, and a veterinarian, grabbed into her to steady her-- but unfortunately the "equipment trouble" was a broken right line, with the subsequent left-hand turn propelling both horse and driver over a concrete barrier and into the infield, both stopping only a couple of yards away from the concrete judges stand. The rest of the field had time to avoid the trouble.
Other than a loss of some blood, Green Card looked to emerge relatively unscathed. Swaney, of New Wilmington Pa., said he felt all right but seemed disoriented, and he was taken to nearby Muncy Hospital.
In the usual show of fair horsemen "covering" for an unfortunate competitor, arrangements were quickly made to have a groom and a catch-driver for Swaney's other horse in to go on the card, Hot Hot Broadway.
by Gerry CONNORS for the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission
Courtesy of the US TROTTING ASSOCIATION'S Web Newsroom