06/14/2013 11:43AM

Canterbury Park: Thornton injured in spill


Jockey Tim Thornton fractured a sinus cavity and injured a shoulder in a chain reaction accident in Thursday’s fourth race at Canterbury Park, according to his agent, Jimmy Ernesto. Doctors also found a cerebral embolism, which they believe will heal by itself, said Ernesto, who spoke to a family member about Thornton’s condition.

Thornton was taken to a nearby hospital where he was to have his shoulder X-rayed Friday for possible fractures.

Thornton, who rides regularly at Arlington Park in Chicago, had one mount at Canterbury on Thursday, Key the Code in the fourth. Key the Code went down hard in the 1 1/16-mile $20,000 claiming race when he tangled legs with Executive Action, who came out from the rail under Denny Velasquez. Waffle House Kid, with Justin Shepherd aboard, also fell and came down over the top of Thornton.

Shepherd was able to walk off the track under his own power but later had his wrist checked at a local hospital and was to have it X-rayed for possible fractures on Friday.

Executive Action went on to win the race but was disqualified for interference by the track stewards.

All of the horses were believed to escape serious injury.

Thornton is tied for seventh in the jockey standings at Arlington Park with 14 wins from 95 mounts.