Updated on 09/17/2011 8:43PM

Boulanger critical after Gulfstream spill


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Jockey Gary Boulanger underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition Sunday evening as a result of injuries suffered in a spill during that afternoon's $100,000 at Gulfstream Park.

Corey Moran, Boulanger's agent told Daily Racing Form at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, the Canadian born jockey was to undergo "brain surgery" but did not know any other details about his rider's condition at the time.

"I've gotten some bad reports but all I know for sure at this time is that he's having brain surgery," said Moran who had just learned of the accident and was en route to the hospital at the time of the conversation.

Boulanger was aboard In Hand for trainer Phil Oliver when the 5-year-old gelding broke down suddenly one mile into the mile and three furlong Mac Diarmida. In Hand was euthanized on the track.

Jockey Eddie Castro, who rode Macaw in the Grade 3 race, was thrown from his horse after altering course to avoid the stricken horse and rider. Neither Castro or Macaw suffered any apparent injuries.

Originally any fears that Boulanger had suffered a serious injury were dispelled when track announcer Vic Stauffeur informed the crowd that Boulanger was being taken to the hospital for precautionary measures only and against his wishes.

Host rallied from off the pace to run down the pace setting Navesink River and win the Mac Diarmida.