Western Fair Raceway's Friday night card of harness racing was marred by a pair of accidents, both occurring in the stretch.
As an eight-horse field of pacers turned for home in the fourth race over a fast track with a one second variant amidst snow flurries, a rough-gaited Daylyn Horizon stumbled and fell dumping driver Scott Wray. Light Shine In was unable to avoid that horse and went over top, catapulting his driver Ryan Holliday to the track.
Officials from the London, Ont. oval confirmed Friday night that both horses and drivers left the track under their own power. Wray completed his remaining drives on the card while Holliday booked off his and was taken to hospital for observation and released early Saturday morning with multiple broken bones.
"He has two broken bones in his wrist and one in his elbow," Holliday's wife, Caroline, told Trot Insider. "They were worried about his head as well, but all seems fine there."
Just two races later, another mishap took place in the home stretch when Strokin rolled off stride and stumbled over a wheel at the back of the seven-horse field. The pacer was back up on his feet shortly after and both he and trainer/driver Dean Wall appeared to be fine.
Trot Insider will update this story when further details are made available.
To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Western Fair Raceway.
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