02/01/2005 1:00AM

Boulanger opens eyes

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Jockey Gary Boulanger, seriously injured as a result of a spill in Sunday's Mac Diarmida Handicap at Gulfstream Park, remained in critical condition but showed some signs of improvement Tuesday, according to his agent, Corey Moran.

"The latest CAT scan showed the swelling in his brain has gone down, and he continues to be more and more responsive to doctor's commands," said Moran. "His nurse even told us Gary briefly opened his eyes this morning, which is a good sign, although he is still being kept in an induced coma at this time."

Moran said it is uncertain whether Boulanger suffered any permanent damage from the accident or when doctors will be able to make a definite prognosis.

"When dealing with a head trauma such as this, it could be days or even weeks and months before we know the exact extent of Gary's injuries," said Moran. "But for now we're encouraged by the progress he's made over the last 48 hours."

Boulanger had emergency surgery Sunday night to relieve pressure on his brain and to have his spleen removed.