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A Queensland harness racing trainer is being rewarded for his kindness after stepping in and saving a horse more than 1500 kilometres away. Respected horseman Alistair Barnes said a six-year-old pacer "caught his eye" as he was browsing over an Echuca saleyards catalogue obtained by his partner Cassie Saunders. "There was a well-bred thoroughbred mare being offered for sale and Cassie was interested in it," Barnes said. "But I just liked everything I saw about a pacer that was listed, a horse which was named Somebeachsomegift (Somebeachsomewhere - Ulanart (Perfect Art) -he'd only been to the races on 11 occasions and won the Southern Cross 3YO final in Adelaide and also won at Mildura, although admittedly, it was back in 2017!" Barnes said. "After making a few phone calls I was told the horse had broken down and had been virtually retired, but a girl I spoke to, who had a fair bit to do with him, was quite upset that he was at the saleyards," he said. "She was in the middle of moving house though and had nowhere to put him, and I promised her I'd rescue the horse and get him up to our place. It was in my mind I might be able to get him back to the races because over the years we've done pretty well at patching up horses with bad legs." Alistair and Cassie are based at Tallegalla, near Marburg, 60 kms from Brisbane, where they prepare a small team of pacers, including brilliant last start Redcliffe Gold Cup runner-up Northview Hustler. Barnes said after navigating the logistics of purchasing Somebeachsomegift and having him transported north to Queensland, he found him to have a bad tendon as well as stifle issues. "But I was confident with time and patience I could patch him up and told the girl that when I was finished racing him, she could have him back," he said. "It turned out that he was one of the easiest horses to fix up that I've ever had!" But when the pacer was ready to go to the races, Barnes encountered another hurdle with Somebeachsomegift having been deregistered. "That took ages to sort out. I had Harness Racing Victoria helping me and the stewards were terrific, along with the Harness Racing Authority. My parents Geoff and Lorraine, along with a close family friend, played a big role in sorting it all out. Their work behind the scenes was awesome," he said. Somebeachsomegift finally made it back to the races in May, nearly three years after he last raced. But, after scoring an emphatic sprint-lane victory at Albion Park (1:57.9) last week, the pacer is now repaying Alistair and Cassie's persistence. To watch the video replay click here "We got there in the end and he's rewarded us, with the win and three placings from eight starts in a pretty short time. He's sound as a bell, now, and should keep racing consistently. I'm just elated because later the horse will end up having a nice home." And Cassie and her thoroughbred from the saleyards? Well she was also a successful purchaser and is now the owner of a well-bred broodmare by High Chaparral, a former Irish champion racehorse who won 10 of his 13 race starts. "We've booked her into Tassort, a first-season sire who had just two starts for a five-length debut win in the Golden Gift followed by a second in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes," Cassie said. "Al got lucky-so hopefully I do as well," she laughed. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

Northfield, OH — When drivers Hunter Myers and Tony Hall went down in an accident in the 13th race at Northfield Park on May 26 trainer Billy Rhoades got the idea to set up a harness racing drivers relief fund. Rhoades is seeking to raise $10,000 for the purchase of a horse that will be raced by Rhoades Racing. All monies raised for and earned by this horse will go into an account to help injured drivers across the country. Currently Hall and Myers have a long road to recovery and the fund would help to cover their medical expenses and other needs. All expenses in racing the relief fund horse will be covered by Rhoades Racing. Donations can currently be made by check payable to “Helping Hooves Driver Relief Fund” and are tax deductible. A PayPal account for the fund is being set up and will be available in the near future. Those wishing to donate can send checks to Rhoades Racing in care of MGM Northfield Park, 10705 Northfield Rd., Northfield, OH 44067. Those wanting more information can contact Rhoades Racing at by Raymond K. Lance ...

Columbus, OH — In Tuesday (May 27) night’s 13th race at Northfield Park, four harness racing horses and drivers were involved in an accident at about the five-eighths pole. The four involved were Led Schneppelin (Tony Hall), Splendid Party (Hunter Myers), Boys Turn (Chris Lems) and JK Parlay (Ryan Stahl). According to a post by Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Executive Director Renee Mancino on her Facebook page and shared on the OHHA’s page: “Heartfelt concern and prayers for continued healing for all horses and drivers involved in last night’s 13th race chain reaction accident at Northfield Park. The accident appeared to have occurred due to Ryan Stahl’s horse catching a shoe, hopple, or some other equipment failure and dropping to the track, trailing horses had no chance to avoid and went over him. Tony Hall, Hunter Myers, Ryan Stahl, Chris Lems were all involved. All horses are rumored to have walked off with road rash and minor contusions. All drivers involved are stable and alert or walked off. Chris Lems drove in the next race and won, Ryan Stahl walked off, but was later being encouraged to visit the hospital. Immediately trailing horses with Tony Hall and Hunter Myers took the brunt of it. Early reports show Tony was awake and alert, but admitted to Level One Trauma with spinal trauma and broken ribs. Hunter was also awake and alert with possible hip and facial injuries. God Bless them and their families as they recover. Thank God it wasn’t as bad as it looked.” Also on the OHHA Facebook, Amy Hollar, the MGM Northfield Park Track Representative for the organization, added this post: “Spoke with Hunter’s (Myers) sister, he has a fracture in his jaw. Tony’s (Hall) wife, Ashley, told me he has nine broken ribs and a crushed vertebrae. Both are still hospitalized……………all horses are OK from last night’s accident.” the USTA Communications Department

"It was full on. I don't remember the harness racing fall, but it was pretty strange waking up with all the pain." That was how the 17-year-old Tamworth reinswoman Elly Chapple summed up how she felt after being involved in a horrific race fall in the Inverell Cup on March 29. Chapple, driving the No 2 horse, was checked when the horse to her inside blundered and fell - resulting in Chapple being tipped from her gig and run over by horses. "I remember turning into the back straight and getting a run up to the barrier with my horse, as I wanted to cross the field," she said. Chapple has no recollection of the fall after being knocked unconscious. "The first person I saw was Mum standing over the top of me. The track attendants - Jeff Enks and Paul Harper - were the first to get to me and they were talking to me but I don't remember [that]. "I couldn't move, and [I] do remember being lifted into the ambulance. "I thought I had done a collarbone and broken my arm, and the ambulance guys put a neck brace on me - they prepare you for the worst. "I feel blessed to come out of it with just a broken elbow, although I have got plenty of bruising and skin off me." Chapple is set to celebrate 12 months in the harness racing industry as a reinswoman after opening her account at the Narrabri Easter meeting last year.  DRIVEN: Chapple is keen to resume racing. Photo: PeterMac Photography   "I enjoy the sport and it was always something I was going to do - I love competing and driving every week. "Dad (Dean Chapple) was in the same race at Inverell and he was a bit shocked that I was still on the track when he came back around." Chapple and fellow Tasmworth reinswoman Sarah Rushbrook, also injured in the accident, were conveyed to Lismore Hospital via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Rushbrook underwent surgery after suffering to breaks to her femur. She also suffered cracked ribs. Chapple said: "I am so pleased that Sarah and I were in the chopper together, I was so worried. She said she remembers everything but I think it will be better for me that I don't remember. "I knew I was bound to have a race fall one day but didn't realise how quick it happens - it was like I was going up to the gate and then I was on the track." In her short career Chapple has driven three winners and had numerous placings. "I think it will take me a while to get back to driving. I'm keen but I just have to get my strength back." Chapple was transferred to Tamworth Hospital on Tuesday and operated on the following morning. She was back home on Thursday. "I will have a slab on my elbow for two weeks and then they will put a fibreglass cast on for eight weeks. "Everyone has been so supportive. The number of messages from different states ... it has been overwhelming but nice to have everyone's support." For her parents, Dean and Julie, it was a mercy dash to link up with her in Lismore, with her 13-year-old brother Jack at home watching vision of the fall. "Jack was at home but he kept it all together for us - feeding the horses at home and looking after them," Chapple said. "He was the foreman while Dad was away with me. "And Mum held it together for all of us - she was great." For Chapple, a year 12 student at Oxley High School, the next challenge will be the HSC. "I have the HSC and I am left-handed - that is the elbow that is broken." But given that most students are isolated at home due to the epidemic, it is unclear how year 12 students will be assessed at the end of the school year. No horses were injured in the accident. By Julie Maughan Reprinted with permission of The Northern Daily Leader

Energetic Mildura equine dentist and harness racing trainer Kate Attard is facing months of rehabilitation after a seemingly-innocuous post-race scramble at her home track at Thursday night’s meeting. The skilled horsewoman trains a team of around 10 horses with her father Pat and her teenage daughter Charli at Cardross, near Mildura, and jumps in the race-sulky only rarely these days. But under the COVID-19 regional racing protocols, which prevents drivers from elsewhere in the State travelling to Mildura meetings, Kate elected to get back in the spider. Her horse in the second race, Heza Western, went across the line sixth, but a number of runners spread across the track tightened after the line, and Kate tumbled from the cart. “I was excited to be back driving last night and was just getting back in the swing of it in race two!” Kate laughed. “All I remember is going across the line, then another horse coming at me sideways – I pulled back and across to avoid it and thought I did. But its legs hit my cart and just flipped it fast,” she said. “I hit the ground so hard and then log rolled over and over again. I was awake the whole time. It was hurting, but I didn’t think it was that bad.” Kate suffered three fractures and multiple hairline fractures to her pelvis and injuries to her spine in the incident, which happened in front of the float parking area, and help was on the scene immediately. “(Trainer) Luke Watson was right where I fell – he was the first one there telling me to stay still and that I would be OK, then Charli and Dad and all the track guys and another trainer Andrew Stenhouse were all there,” Kate said. “I thought I was OK, and tried to get up – I even took a few steps!  I really didn’t want to go to the hospital! When they did take me in the ambulance, I really thought it would just be bruising and I didn’t even take my phone with me!” Kate was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne later in the night, where the surgeons from the trauma team are still deciding on her treatment plan, including surgery probably later today. “It’s probably going to be five months before I will be back on my feet again, and it’s hard to think that my hospital stay will be mostly without too many visitors, because of the COVID-19 restrictions,” Kate said. “I’m lucky to have an amazing family and my partner Matt to support me and help me, because I’ll be needing it for a while!” she said. “I also have some lovely owners and they are letting us keep the horses going, which hopefully Dad and Charli will be able to do.” Kate Attard and her daughter Charli Heza Western suffered only a minor cut to the leg in the scrimmage. Kate is known across a wide area of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria for her passionate practice in equine bodywork and dentistry, as well as through her training.  “I’ve had so many messages of support and care – everyone has been amazing, including the HRV Stewards Wayne Smith and Nick Murray, HRV and Michelle McGinty from Mildura Harness Racing Club,” she said. “I’ll be OK, I always pull through and will be back doing the horses and the work I love as soon as I can,” she said. Which, knowing Kate, will be sooner, rather than later! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Two drivers are recovering in hospital after a sickening fall in the main event at the Inverell harness racing meeting on Sunday afternoon. The field in the 2020 Inverell Cup had travelled only a short distance when the pole horse stumbled and fell, with the incident causing a chain reaction that brought down several other runners and completely disrupted the field. Reinswomen Elly Chapple and Sarah Rushbrook were seriously injured and were airlifted by helicopter to hospital. Both are reported to be in a stable condition with multiple fractures as well as other injuries. Fellow reinsman Brad Elder, of Maitland, who was also involved in the fall, but escaped unharmed, said it was alarming to see it all unraveling. "I was on the back row drawn beside Sarah. I saw her get catapulted out when the one in front of her went down. It looked like she was thrown about five metres up into the air," Elder said. "I fell out, but I was a bit lucky and didn't even get a mark. I got up and ran to the number one horse who was the first to go because it was still down on the track. I just sat on his head waiting to get help," he said. "His driver was okay. I think he landed on the horse beside him, which was being driven by Elly, who got caught up in it all. It was nasty. Let's just hope both the girls get better quickly." Elly Chapple Local ambulance paramedics stabilised the pair at the track before transporting them to Inverell airport where the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter was waiting with a doctor on board. They were further treated by the Critical Care Medical team before flying to Lismore Base Hospital. Sarah Rushbrook's older sister Rebecca, posted yesterday afternoon that after being thrown from the sulky, Sarah went into the railing. "Her right femur is broken upper midway and she has a broken tailbone and a bunch of cracked ribs. She hit her head, but the helmet did its job," Rebecca's post said. "After surgery we'll know if the broken vertebra is pressing on her spine. If this is the case, Sarah will be transferred to the Gold Coast which will be awkward as she will be there on her own with the border closures. "She is in good spirits and already talking about when she can get back in the gig." Rebecca said one of the doctors who'd examined Sarah had English as a second language, referring to the sport as "chariot racing". "Watching how tough she is I think it's fair enough to call her a Gladiator!" Rebecca posted. Sarah Rushbrook Inverell Harness Racing Club shared a message on behalf of Julie and Dean Chapple, parents of Elly, expressing thanks to the community for the unbelievable support. "We received so much help on the track and later travelling to Lismore. Thanks goes out to the clerks of the course Dwayne Dixon and Col Mathers along with club secretary Kerry Miller-who is a nurse in her working life away from harness racing." Elly Chapple was still undergoing scans yesterday but is believed to have a broken elbow. All horses escaped serious injuries. The incident forced the final two races on the Inverell program to be abandoned. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Heathcote harness racing reinswoman Shannon O'Sullivan is recovering and is in good spirits after a sickening race fall at Ouyen on Sunday. O'Sullivan suffered facial lacerations after being thrown from the sulky while crossing the finish line aboard Bettor B Nice in the final race on Ouyen Pacing Cup day. The 20-year-old was taken to Mildura Base Hospital where she remains and underwent scans and x-rays on her back and neck. Cody Winnell@codywinnell   Trots driver @shannonosulli10 recovering tonight after race fall at Ouyen. Fingers crossed scans on back and neck taken tonight return clear, but deep laceration to face will require surgery. In true Shanno style, she was just thankful horse was ok! These guys are tough cookies.   The serious fall was one of two in two days on Victorian harness racing tracks. Kima Frenning suffered concussion and hand fractures following a horrific fall at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. O'Sullivan's father, Gordon Rothacker medallist Jim O'Sullivan said Shannon was still 'stiff and sore' on Monday morning, but in good spirits. "She got a decent whack under her chin and will need stitches - they are not sure if there is a little bit of nerve damage there," she said. "She is pretty stiff and sore, but there are no breaks of anything like that - she's a bit lucky really in that regard.  Shannon O'Sullivan following her win in the 2019 Elmore Pacing Cup. Picture: KIERAN ILES   "She had all sorts of scans and x-rays, but they came up good. We will see what happens from here, she should be able to come out today with a bit of luck. "Apart from that, she is in good spirits. "She was a little peeved off that the horse could have won it had he been able to get out. She was looking for a run and realised there was nowhere to go "She's tried to grab a hold of him to stop him, but he was bolting. He's clipped the wheel and ended up falling." He added Shannon had been looking forward to 'a couple of good drives' on Wednesday at Shepparton. "She was more hurt about that and concerned about the horse," he said. Meanwhile, Harness Racing Victoria has announced further restrictions to race meetings in response to the coronavirus pandemic. HRV chief executive officer Dayle Brown has revealed that from Thursday Victorian harness racing meetings will be limited to eight races per meeting with no more than eight horses per field. "We must keep our footprint as small as we can and limit the number of people in one place to protect the health and well-being of our people and keep our industry viable during these unprecedented times," he said. Speaking on RSN 927 on Monday morning, Racing Minister Martin Pakula said racing would continue for the foreseeable future, but its surety remained short. By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser  

Well-known harness racing driver Ricky May has suffered a "medical event" and been transported by air to Dunedin Hospital, the chairman of the stewards in the New Zealand Racing Integrity Unit has confirmed. May was driving the race favourite A G's White Socks in the Central Otago Cup at 4.11pm before about 5000 people. Racing journalist Michael Guerin says May appears to have collapsed in the sulky while leading the main race at Omakau this afternoon. Guerin says that a helicopter landed on the track to take May to hospital. The chairman of the stewards in the Racing Integrity Unit, Vinny Munro, has confirmed May suffered a medical event. He said all races at Omakau have been abandoned. Munro said he is not able to confirm any further information at this stage. Racegoers at the meet say that there was an announcement that May was in a critical but stable condition. Witnesses say he appeared to fall back in the sulky while the horse continued to race, then fall onto the track. A witness at the track said race officials rushed to his aid. Afterwards, many people who went to cash in their tickets stayed to donate the money to St John's Ambulance or May's family. May has driven almost 3000 race winners in New Zealand - making him the third most successful driver in New Zealand trotting history. He is a seven-time winner of the NZ Trotting Cup, New Zealand's biggest annual harness race. Radio New Zealand

Harness racing has lost one of its most energetic and passionate leaders, with the death of Danny Frawley in a single car crash at Bungaree, near Ballarat, on Monday. Frawley was among a new seven-person board appointed to Harness Racing Victoria in 2016 and, as well as his administrative role, he was an avid owner who promoted the sport at every opportunity. The former AFL great - ex St Kilda champion player and Richmond coach - died at the scene when his car hit a tree at Millbrook, 20 kilometres east of Ballarat, about 1.30 pm. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. Frawley had a long history in harness racing, growing up in the industry at Bungaree. His late father Brian was a breeder, owner and trainer, who raced champion pacer Vanderport. Brian Frawley, who died three years ago, was a life member of the Ballarat and District Trotting Club, where he had served as president. Danny Frawley was passionately committed to the future of harness racing, and, as with everything he took on, he worked tirelessly and invested of himself. He formed a high-profile ownership group of media and sports luminaries which purchased top performers including a share late last year in superstar pacer Shadow Sax, with the goal of promoting the Victoria Cup. The Stable of Stars group was managed by Frawley and included AFL Women's champion and rising star boxer Tayla Harris, Essendon key defender Michael Hurley, Channel 7's Hamish McLachlan, SEN radio's Garry Lyon and Tim Watson, former champion trainer Peter Tonkin and Sky Racing's Brittany Graham, as well as Garry's father Peter Lyon, who has strong family links to harness racing. Shadow Sax went amiss in the Victoria Cup, but went on to take out the Sokyola Sprint and the Poplar Alm Free For All in November. Harnesslink sends its condolences to the Frawley family. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) and the wider Victorian harness racing community are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Board Member Danny Frawley. Mr Frawley was appointed to the HRV Board in March of 2016. HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said: “Our thoughts in this very difficult time are with Danny’s family, especially his wife Anita and their children Chelsea, Keeley and Danielle. Danny was a committed member of the HRV Board and a friend. He will be missed.”   Harness Racing Victoria

Lexington, KY — Jacqueline Ingrassia, 72, one of the harness racing sport’s all-time leading female drivers and a USTA director, is recovering from injuries suffered in a training accident Thursday morning (June 13) at White Birch Farm in New Jersey. According to friend Lella Montgomery, Ingrassia got hurt when the horse she was jogging shook the bridle off and took off, throwing her into the barn. While the horse was not hurt, Ingrassia suffered several injuries, including two broken wrists, a broken finger and stitches on her face. She also incurred laceration on her liver and brain bleeding. Montgomery said Ingrassia is expected to undergo surgery shortly to repair the damage. Ingrassia’s 1,151 career victories is the third most by a female driver, behind only Bea Farber, who posted 1,801 wins, and Mary MacDonald, who has 1,445 victories. Ingrassia’s career purse earnings stand at $6.39 million. In 2000 she became the first and still only woman to win the Yonkers Trot, the milestone coming in the Triple Crown race with Goalfish. from

A member of the famous Turnbull harness racing clan has been hospitalized after a nasty accident at his Tatura property. Craig Turnbull, who has been enjoying recent success with his team on country Victorian tracks, was seriously hurt after being kicked several times by a young horse. It is believed he had just finished working one of his stable team and was coming off the track toward a youngster that was tied up at a rail. After getting out of the sulky, the nearby horse started bucking and kicking out. Turnbull was rushed to Shepparton Hospital before being transferred to Melbourne where he remains in intensive care with a ruptured spleen, broken ribs and several fractures. His recovery is expected to include several weeks of treatment and rehab in hospital, before several months of rest and ongoing medical care. Turnbull, his wife Rebecca Cartwright and daughter Abbey have been enjoying a successful season. Black gelding La Player (Shadow Play USA - La Pucelle (Village Jasper USA) has had a purple patch in recent months with four wins and two runner-up prizes in his past six starts. His victories were at Gunbower, Boort, Cobram and Echuca. Concession junior driver Abbey, who landed her first winner at Shepparton in September 2017, has shown fine touch this season with 11 wins so far. All harness racing participants wish Craig well in his recovery process, while thoughts are with Rebecca, Abbey and other family members. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E   W      

A tactical rescue dive team was needed to locate the body of the horse that drowned Monday during harness racing at Miami Valley Gaming. The Warren County Tactical Rescue Team arrived at the racino on Ohio 63 on Monday night after racing had concluded, according to Mike Jameson, assistant fire chief in Turtlecreek Twp. “We were called primarily to recover the horse,” Jameson said. No additional official reports were available Wednesday about the unusual drowning of He’s a Perfect Ten, which followed an accident involving four horses and drivers during the 12th race. But independent reports continued to provide additional information about the animal’s death, which happened despite efforts by Ashley Holliday, the “outrider” working Monday, to save the horse. Holliday, on the track to parade the entrants beforehand and to assist with problems during the race, caught the errant trotter after driver Kayne Kauffman was knocked from the sulky cart, horse owner Jeff Deems said Wednesday. But He’s a Perfect Ten broke free and ran into the retention pond in the infield, still pulling the cart, and drowned despite Holliday’s attempt at a water rescue. “When the horse first went in, it stopped at the shallow part of the water,” said Deems, whose horse was also involved in accident. Holliday then jumped in. “She had the horse’s head above water for a little bit. She was doing her best, but then as the horse started to struggle and fight, it worked its way toward the middle of the pond,” Deems said. “If it would have worked it’s way the other way or stayed shallow, she could have maybe helped it or something could have went a little bit different.” It remained unclear if Kauffman was transported to a hospital for treatment. Deems said Kauffman had back and knee injuries. “Thoughts and prayers with Kayne and everyone involved,” Deems said. There was no 911 call or ambulance dispatched, according to county and township officials. Jameson said the dive team spent more than an hour searching the retention pond for the horse. Starting about 8 p.m., four divers rotated in two-person teams due to the cold water and difficulty of navigating underwater in the darkness. “You might as well close your eyes, you can’t see anything,” Jameson said. Although racino staff told the divers where the horse went down, locating “something even as large a horse” was difficult, Jameson said. About 9:15 p.m., staff used a winch to pull the body, strapped by the divers, from the lake, Jameson said. On Wednesday, Jameson was wrapping up the cleaning and reorganization of the dive gear. Jameson, a township firefighter for more than two decades, said this was his first time with the dive team recovering a dead horse. He said the team had rescued live horses, cows and dogs after they fell through ice and had recovered human bodies, but this was the first dead horse. “It’s an unfortunate incident,” he said. “We’re there to help out the community any way we can.” On Tuesday, Bill Crawford, executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission, said, “Maybe it’s never happened before in Ohio.” Crawford, who has worked for 23 years for the commission, could not be reached Wednesday for an update on his agency’s review of the incident. Four horses were involved in the accident, as they headed for the finish line, caused when the horse Medoland Brutus broke stride, causing three others to collide in a chain reaction, according to multiple reports. Tracks typically have unfenced retention ponds, like the one in which the horse drowned, where water running off the banked racing surface collects, according to Crawford. Jerry Abner, director of marketing at the racino, issued a statement Tuesday. “An unfortunate accident occurred during the day’s live harness racing meet that resulted in the death of a horse. The horse became spooked and ran into a pond at the track where it drowned despite efforts by MVG staff to save the animal.” Abner declined to respond to further questions Tuesday and could not be reached Wednesday. “The safety of our staff, harness racing drivers and the horses is always of utmost concern at Miami Valley Gaming. We regularly review safety procedures and protocol and will continue to do so,” Monday’s statement continued. Joining the rescue team divers were fire and rescue staff from Turtlecreek, Salem, Harlan and Deerfield townships and the city of Lebanon, according to Jameson. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was also on the scene. Xenia driver Dan Noble said he was guiding another horse ahead of the accident. He described the harness racing community as a competitive family. “Things do happen, unfortunately,” Noble, a fourth-generation horseman, said. News Center 7 reporter John Bedell contributed to this report. By Lawrence Budd and John Bedell Reprinted with permission of The Dayton Daily News

Star Victorian harness racing reinswoman and trainer Jodi Quinlan is learning to be patient, as she continues on the road to recovery from a freak accident at Tabcorp Park Melton on Christmas Eve. Quinlan, based at Parwan with partner Craig Demmler, was kicked in the side by a horse that took fright in the float parking area. She suffered a lacerated kidney and three fractures to her spine, as well as other minor injuries. “I thought I was doing just fine a while ago, so I got out there and helped with the feeds, then spent the next two days recovering in bed as a result,” Quinlan said. “It just gets so frustrating at times, but I’m fully aware now that you can’t rush rehabilitation! “Probably the most important thing is the doctors are happy with my progress.” Quinlan said there was a great deal of scarring on her kidney which was “split” by the impact. “That was the part that really scared the hell out of me and also caused substantial bleeding,” she said. “The concern now is that if I happened to get a knock to the back or kidney, I’d be in big trouble. So that means nothing to do with horses at all at the moment.” On a positive note, Quinlan said her doctors were surprised with how quickly her injuries were healing. “I spent time in hospital recently where I had numerous tests and x-rays and they were thrilled with my recovery, especially the bad breaks in my back,” she said. “The pain has improved heaps and I can slowly walk again – I love it that I can get up and just potter around.” Quinlan said during the first few weeks of being home and under strict orders to rest she had an electric wheel chair to get about the property. “I’ve been a bit of a handful for Craig and my mum (Cheryl), but without their care I probably wouldn’t be progressing much at all,” she said. “Mum has had to be stern a few times and put the handbrake on with me.” Quinlan said she had received overwhelming support from family, friends, industry participants and others. “I was only speaking with (Ballarat trainer) Anton Golino recently and he stressed the importance of listening to the medical experts. Anton hurt his back very badly and knows first-hand all about rehab,” she said. Although Quinlan is going through a tough patch, she’s certainly experienced some of the sport’s highs, with more than 2300 winners in a sparkling career over 28 years, including the 2004 Miracle Mile on Sokyola. Jodi Quinlan driving Sokyola to victory She’s obviously anxious to get back to helping around the stables and, ultimately, back to training, but said it was up to the doctors to make that call. “I feel for Craig because I had over 20 in work when I got hurt, and he got lobbed with all of those on top of his own team,” she said. “To be honest I haven’t thought much about when I might be okay to get back race driving.  I haven’t ventured that far ahead, but I do know that it’s a fair way off. “I’m not that stressed.  I was finding it harder to get in the car and hit the road to drive to meetings anyway. “I really believe that traveling for drives is behind me now. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy it, but I think I’ll be sticking to meetings close to home. “It’s thankfully only the first time I’ve been badly hurt off the racetrack, although I’ve been smashed up plenty of times in races.” Quinlan said her talented trotter Illawong Armstrong, who went to the spelling paddock virtually “the same time I did when I got hurt”, was back in training. “I’m looking forward to seeing him back after a well-earned rest. He’s such a talented horse, who could be anything if he wasn’t so rattle-headed!” Illawong Armstrong has won 18 races from 67 starts for over $214,000 in stakes. “It could well be much more if he just behaved,” Jodi said. “His owners Dr Martin Hartnett and wife Kaye are lovely people and they enjoy seeing him go around. “They are such fantastic stable clients and Martin has been terrific if ever I want to know something about my health problems.” And while Quinlan, like most in the industry, is hoping there’s another good one just around the corner, she joked her next big decision was when to go on holidays to New Zealand. “Natalie Rasmussen is a good friend and she’s been at me to take a break over there.  I reckon it sounds just about ideal for the next step in my rehab!” Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Los Angeles – This morning, PETA called on the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office to launch an immediate investigation into the deaths of 19 Thoroughbred horses used for racing in just the first eight weeks of the Santa Anita racetrack’s current season. The horses sustained broken bones while racing or training, and PETA believes that they likely had undisclosed injuries that were masked by medications given to keep lame and unfit horses competing—and that while the drugs may be legal, racing injured horses likely violates state anti-cruelty laws. PETA is also calling on the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to investigate the trainers of all the horses who died in the last two months and review all veterinary records. In California, every horse who dies on the track is necropsied—and the results of thousands of these procedures show that the breaks usually occurred where there was already an injury. According to PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, these horses “were invariably doped up and literally run to death.” In a presentation to The Jockey Club, CHRB Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur stated that “90 percent of all horses suffering fatal musculoskeletal injuries racing or training have pre-existing pathology—a prior injury—at the site of their fatal injury.” “If 19 football players died during one season, there would be hell to pay—and it would be an understatement to say that the NFL would be under scrutiny,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “If trainers know that horses are sore or injured, and they’re giving them painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and sedatives to keep them running when they should be resting, the trainers are culpable in these deaths and should be charged with cruelty to animals.” One ugly fact is that most horses are injected with the powerful anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone (aka “bute”) 24 hours before racing—supposedly to prevent swelling. But the drug also masks pain and keeps a lame horse running to his or her detriment. For this reason, injuries that can cause a horse’s leg bones to snap or shatter on the track are missed during pre-race examinations because the horse isn’t feeling or showing the pain of an injury and the track veterinarian doesn’t examine trainers’ records. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey in March 2018 by a harness racing fan who lost a bet only to find out later that the winning horse had been illegally drugged is pending. Local residents will protest at Santa Anita on Sunday. PETA’s appeal for an investigation is available upon request. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a belief in human supremacy that allows animals to be exploited for human gain. For more information, please visit

A suspect is facing charges after releasing more than a dozen harness racing horses from the Stark County Fairgrounds. More than a dozen racehorses roamed the city’s west side early Monday morning after a man let the animals out of a barn at the Stark County Fairgrounds, police said. One of the horses later died after falling into the icy water at Meyers Lake. Canton Township firefighters tried to rescue the animal, but it drowned before it could be reached. Police and firefighters from several area departments, assisted by volunteers, managed to round up 14 other horses that were released and wandering area streets. Horses let loose from Stark County Fairgrounds, roam through Canton Dale Klick, president of the Stark County Agricultural Society, which operates the fairgrounds, said the 14 horses were returned to the barn and were seen by a veterinarian. Area trainers and owners board horses at the fairgrounds and use the track for training. The animals released Monday morning are harness racing horses that run at Northfield Park. Police arrested Jonathan D. Ford, 28, who formerly lived in Canton and now has a Mansfield address, on charges of breaking and entering, disrupting public service, inducing panic and possession of drugs. Police said Ford had two different types of marijuana when he was apprehended. He was taken to the Stark County Jail. Canton police haven’t determined why Ford released the horses, said Lt. Dennis Garren, public information officer. Police were called to the fairgrounds just before 5:30 p.m. and told the horses had been released. Ford was still on the property. Responding officers said Ford told them the horses wanted or needed to be freed. The horses ran through the neighborhood, police said. Officers and firefighters worked to keep the animals away from main streets, according to police reports. Perry Township police and firefighters and Canton Township firefighters helped with the effort. According to police, it took nearly two hours to get back to the barn. ShaneandRachel Taylor I took this video about 6am heading east on 12th to 13th St.. Just past Myers Lake. Did not want to turn light on camera. They already seemed pretty spooked. Facebook. Commented on The Canton Repository /'s public post Canton Township Fire Department’s water rescue team was called around 7:30 a.m. when a resident reported seeing an animal struggling in Meyers Lake. Firefighters arrived to find the horse swimming about 100 yards off shore. Assistant Chief Rick Morabito said thick ice near the shore made it difficult for the rescue team to get into the water quickly. The horse was treading and moving farther from shore as the rescue team reached open water. Morabito said the team was about 20 yards away when the animal went under. By Edd Pritchard  Reprinted with permission of the GateHouse Media Ohio  Reach Edd at 330-580-8484 or On Twitter: @epritchardREP

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