09/02/2009 12:00AM

Beckner scheduled for surgery


Jockey Dale Beckner was out of intensive care in a Pittsburgh hospital as of Wednesday and is scheduled to undergo surgery to stop the bleeding on his brain, according to his agent, Steve Hayes.

Beckner was injured in a spill Aug. 28 in the first race at Presque Isle Downs when his mount, Private Exchange, broke down while on the lead and threw Beckner. Another horse stepped on Beckner's face and head. Beckner was reported to be conscious and in good spirits a day after the accident, according to an article on Bloodhorse.com.

Beckner is in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with slight bleeding on the brain and multiple face and skull fractures and facial lacerations.

The accident comes several weeks after Beckner guided Soul Warrior to an upset victory in the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.