10/05/2016 3:23PM

Churchill Downs: Loose horse injures three men


A freak accident involving a loose horse at Churchill Downs before dawn Sept. 29 resulted in injuries to three men. Rob Pearson, an owner who has horses with Forrest Kaelin, sustained a broken sternum, six fractured ribs, and a collapsed lung when a 7-year-old horse named Dream Seeker came running at full speed toward the six-furlong gap and hurtled over a partition, toppling him and the other two men.

“We had no shot to get out of the way,” said trainer Scooter Dickey, who broke a rib. “He came at us 40 miles an hour in the dark.”

Bob DeSensi, a former trainer who now works as a gap attendant, sustained a leg hematoma that required surgery and a six-day hospitalization.

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Dream Seeker required about 200 stitches for a badly cut stifle.

◗ Helped no doubt by the crowds that turned out for its live race meet, Kentucky Downs has reported an all-time high of $42 million in handle on its “historical racing” machines for the month of September. Part of the revenue from the machines is used to fund purses, which totaled nearly $8 million at the latest five-day meet.


James Walsh More than 1 year ago
They should not train in the dark  Remember the big trainer got killed at Keeneland in the dark and they did not find him till the sun came up..Just crazy and all the tracks do it. especially now with DLS time still in effect into November. no daylight till 8 am. Churchill has lights but only fotr the track  the other fifty acres are dark.,. the sigh  should say "sunup  plus 4 or 5 hours
Alden Crissey More than 1 year ago
Scary stuff.  Can't help but remind me of Tabasco Cat.