05/18/2010 11:00PM

Broken leg sends Magrell to the sidelines


Jane Magrell, the winningest female rider in Thistledown history, will be sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a broken leg in an accident at the starting gate prior to the start of Monday's final race.

"My mount flipped behind the gate, I came off and he landed on my leg," said Magrell.

She had surgery on the injured leg on Wednesday.

* Head to Toe, a winner of 7 of 9 starts this year, is tied for the most wins by a horse in North America. A 6-year-old gelding trained by Doug Adams, Head to Toe will go for his eighth win of 2010 in Saturday's second race, a $3,500 starter allowance. Although he has been racing at Beulah Park this year, Head to Toe is 3 for 7 at Thistledown, including a victory in the 2006 Kindergarten Stakes.

* Last year's leading trainer Jeff Radosevich sent out Friendly Vic to pay $97 for winning last Friday's 10th race.

Radosevich said he can't recall one of his horses ever paying so much.

"The final odds sure surprised me," Radosevich said. "He was only 10-1 on the morning line."

* Benny Feliciano has returned as a trainer after a two-year absence and scored with the first horse he saddled, Sardina, a 3-year-old filly which he owns, in Monday's eighth race.

Prior to taking out his trainer's license, Feliciano was one of the top riders at Thistledown and won the 1975 Ohio Derby with the Ohio-bred Brent's Prince.

* Tommy Meyers, who will turn 65 in August, has returned to the saddle after a one-year hiatus. Meyers, who has won more Ohio stakes than any other rider, rode his first winner in 1965.

* Scott Spieth, a four-time Thistledown riding champion, is riding locally and at Presque Isle Downs.

* Raquel Castro, the daughter of long-time Thistledown trainer Rodrigo Madrigal Sr., is 4 for 7 as a trainer this meet. One winner came at the direct expense of her father, who saddled the runner-up, a horse owned by her mother, Barbara.