Day At The Track

Saftic sidelined; looking forward to return

08:26 PM 21 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Mike Saftic
Mike Saftic - had three wins at the August 13 Mohawk meeting.
Kelly Spencer photo

Veteran harness racing driver Mike Saftic is a familiar face on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, but for at least the rest of October, he will be absent from the racetrack.

Saftic was involved in an on-track incident on Saturday, October 8 at Woodbine, when he was dumped from the sulky after he was unable to avoid Whippet Good and driver Jason Brewer who fell, which then caused a chain reaction that also unseated Rick and Scott Zeron.

The reinsman went to the emergency room to get looked at and x-rayed after the spill. He was told everything checked out.

“So I tried to drive again, but it was very uncomfortable,” Saftic said. “I went to my family doctor and the radiologist that read the x-rays said I had a couple of cracked ribs that were displaced, which was why I was in such pain.

“He said, ‘Take the rest of the month off and see how you feel from there. It could be longer, but just make sure you get healed.’ It’s the right thing,” the Campbellville resident added.

Saftic will hang-up his driving suit for a couple of weeks, and look forward to getting back into the bike.

Until then, Saftic is resting up North, spending time looking over Harrisburg’s Black Book Sales Catalogue.

Ashley MAYOTTE

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