06/30/2012 8:14AM

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

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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.