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A member of one of Victoria's most notable harness racing families is recovering in hospital after a training accident this morning. Glenn Gath was fast working horses at a Long Forest property, west of Melbourne, owned by his brother Andy when he was tipped from the sulky and thrown into a pine fence post. Gath was taken to nearby Bacchus Marsh hospital and after being medically assessed was transported to Royal Melbourne Hospital. Glenn's partner, Garrards Horse and Hound veterinary consultant Dr Virginia Brosnan, said he had fractures to his cheekbone, an eye laceration and bad bruising. "Glenn told me that he and Andy were just finishing a galloping session, when he got tightened up and basically ran out of room. He was thrown face-first into the fence post," Dr Brosnan said. "He was able to get up and walk after the mishap. The eye laceration needs stitches, but doctors have told us that his eye is quite okay, which was a great relief," she said. "He's pretty bruised and a bit beaten up, but he's awake and very, very lucky. It could have been far worse. Glenn Gath made his comeback to harness racing last year "He was wearing a helmet and vest at the time. He also had glasses on, and we think they might have saved him from more serious injuries." Gath returned to harness racing last year. He had spent 10 years in thoroughbred racing at Lloyd Williams' Macedon Lodge, but returned to the standardbreds after the Williams family shut down their stable. Gath is the youngest son of former champion trainer Neville, and grandson of the Australian great, the late George Gath. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Popular New South Wales harness racing trainer-driver Dean Cernovskis is still counting his lucky stars! In a mishap during a race at Goulburn on Monday, Cernovskis and his horse Oscar The Great (Mach Three - Glenferrie Diva (Christian Cullen) careered through the outside fence. Watch the action unfold here:  "I was certainly fearing the worst there for a bit! But both of us came out of it pretty much without a scratch, remarkably!" Cernovskis said. A trotting fan who was having a ride in the mobile barrier car captured all the action on a mobile phone. "It was certainly scary to watch - I think Oscar choked down, and he actually passed out moments before he crashed through the fence," Cernovskis said. "The only thing I was thinking was 'hell, this is gonna hurt'!" he said. "I think I probably had him feeling a bit good for the race, and that, combined with the tempo being so slow, I knew I was in for a bit of trouble. He was charging the whole way, which didn't help." Oscar ended up on the other side of the outside fence lying on his side. "He was a bit stiff today, but we'll give him a few days off and he'll be fine," Cernovskis said "I ended up with some bruising around my stomach and that's about it. I really just can't believe how well we got out of it. I've never had anything quite that scary happen before. "A few years back, ironically with another Mach Three, the horse choked down at the same track. He did the right thing though and staggered onto the grass on the inside of the track, so that landing was a bit softer! "My mates think it's hilarious and I'm copping heaps about it, but I have to admit it's really only now that I can see the funny side of it myself!" Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

You can't keep a good man down, as the saying goes, and that surely fits the bill as far as popular Kilmore harness racing identity Austin "Aussie" Mifsud goes. The veteran trainer-driver was seriously injured in a racefall at a Charlton meeting seven weeks ago last Monday. But despite still recuperating from his injuries, the trainer-driver is in good spirits and determined to get back to what he loves best. "I ditched the wheelchair a week ago and this morning I walked into hospital to see my surgeon," Mifsud said. "I'm doing my best and I'm pretty happy at where I'm at with my rehab - I'll be back at it as soon as I can," he said. "I might need a seat belt maybe! But when it comes to race driving, I just love it." Mifsud was taken to Bendigo hospital with broken ribs, a collapsed lung and other injuries after he was flipped from the sulky and landed heavily on the track in the racing incident. At that same meeting on October 19, talented youngster Ryan Sanderson was also injured when he was thrown out in the race following Mifsud's mishap. The teenager escaped serious injury and is now back driving. Mifsud said while his ribs had all healed, the focus was now on his shoulder. "They had to put in a plate when they were reconstructing it. They'll be taking x-rays to see where we are at," he said. "I honestly didn't think the fall I had was as bad as it's turned out. My main concern was that I couldn't breathe because of a collapsed lung. Apart from that I thought I was okay. "I was sitting in the ambulance when they were attending to young Ryan after he was injured. They thought he had a broken pelvis and I was telling them to leave me alone and attend to him. "They flew him to Melbourne and thankfully he came out of it well in the end. He's only young and probably bounced a bit more than I did!" Mifsud said he was confident he'd bounce back because he had been able to recover from a worse fall at home a while ago. "I was badly smashed up and suffered a cracked spine, 16 bruised ribs and some other injuries. It was nasty," he said. Aussie, pictured with son Willie, said he was lucky to have great family support during his recovery and rehab Mifsud said during his fortnight in hospital at Bendigo he and his wife Julie were lucky to have his daughter Mary-Jane and her family who live on a property just outside Bendigo. "Mary-Jane called in to check often and there were heaps of well-wishers. The Charlton president Joey Thompson and the head steward who was at the Charlton meeting Kylie Harrison regularly kept in contact asking about me. That was really nice," he said. Mifsud, who has been involved in harness racing virtually all of his life, has not given the slightest thought of giving away driving. "I've been licensed since I was 16, and before that I was probably sitting on my father's lap while he was jogging horses. There's eight of us in the family and we're all involved in the sport one way or another," he said. "I'm hoping to return in the early new year. But I'll just have to wait and see. All I do now is the horses and everyone knows how much I enjoy driving my trotters. I'm really missing it. When you love doing something and suddenly it's taken away, it's very hard." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura  

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

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