07/28/2015 5:11PM

Charles Town jockey Thomas critical but stable after spill


Jockey Alex Thomas, who was badly injured in a four-horse spill in the first race at Charles Town last Saturday night, is in critical but stable condition in the trauma intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va.

Thomas, 32, was thrown heavily to the ground when his mount, Quality Soldier, clipped the heels of Jayden’s Nightmare and fell nearing the backstretch. Three horses behind Quality Soldier also fell. Jayden’s Nightmare went on to win the race but was disqualified to last for coming inward into the path of Quality Soldier.

Thomas was originally taken to Jefferson Medical Center in Charles Town, W.Va., but was transferred to Inova Fairfax.

Thomas suffered multiple injuries in the spill, including facial fractures, eight broken ribs on his left side, six broken ribs on his right side, a broken collarbone, two collapsed lungs, and a fracture of the C-4 vertebra in the back of his neck, according to his mother, Melissa Young.

The fractured vertebra did not affect his spinal column and his injuries are not considered life threatening, according to Young.

A Facebook page – Alex C. Thomas Road to Recovery – has been created to update Thomas’s condition. People can leave messages to Thomas on the page and there is a PayPal link for anyone interested in making a donation to help with Thomas’s personal expenses while he recovers.

Thomas has ridden horses all his life, according to his mother, but just began riding in races last year. He has nine career wins.

Thomas is from Upperville, Va., where his family lived on Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Farm. Thomas’s father, Vernon, worked with Mellon’s yearlings.

Thomas has several siblings, including Jonathan Thomas, a former New York-based assistant for both Todd Pletcher and Christophe Clement. Jonathan, a former rider himself, now trains for Bridlewood Farm in Florida.

Stirling Young Jr More than 1 year ago
My name is Harrison Young, younger brother to Alex. Below is a link to the Facebook page\blog I created and have been updating daily. Feel free to follow his status there. Thank you for the thoughts, prayers, and support. There is a link on there for his recovery fund I also created for him if anyone is interested in helping out. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=455319717983482
mike More than 1 year ago
Please include information regarding the condition of the horses.
DRFDunleavy More than 1 year ago
I already posted all I know Saturday night.
mike More than 1 year ago
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Mike Windsor More than 1 year ago
Saw that race out at CT in person and it was one of the scariest accidents I have ever seen in racing. Hoping he gets better soon.
hapley63 More than 1 year ago
Speedy & full recovery to Mr. Thomas. So glad his life is not in danger.