06/30/2012 9:14AM

Churchill Downs: Sellers to miss five to six weeks with fracture


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jockey Shane Sellers suffered a fractured right scapula in a freak accident Friday night on the Churchill Downs turf and will be out of action for five to six weeks, his agent, Fred Aime, said Saturday evening.

Sellers was injured when his mount, Voodoo Daddy, threw him when crashing into the temporary inner rail. Voodoo Daddy appeared well on his way to victory when holding an open lead in midstretch as the 3-5 favorite in the ninth race, a five-furlong turf allowance, before he shied inward when being struck with Sellers’s right-handed whip.

Voodoo Daddy, a 3-year-old colt bred and owned by Terry Raymond and trained by Steve Asmussen, was reported by Churchill officials to have suffered a gash to the inner part of his right hind leg, an injury that is not believed to be career-threatening. The colt was transported Saturday and treated at the Rood and Riddle equine hospital in Lexington.

With Churchill closing Sunday, Sellers was to begin riding at Arlington Park in suburban Chicago through the end of that meet in September. Sellers, 45, is a three-time leading rider at Churchill.

smitty More than 1 year ago
glad voodoo daddy is ok,my new favorie horse
Erin Thompson More than 1 year ago
It looked to me like a bronc show in reaction to the whip - he got one tap in it appeared before all out bucking and running out from him.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Shied away from the whip and crashed into the inner fence. Thank goodness both Voodoo Daddy and Shane Sellers are both injured with non-career threatening injuries. And it might be a good idea for Shane to monitor how he is using that whip and use it more judiciously in the future.
smitty More than 1 year ago