07/07/2009 11:00PM

Doocy breaks arm in training spill


Veteran jockey Tim Doocy suffered a serious injury to his upper left arm in a spill during morning workouts on Sunday. The injury, a fracture of the humerus bone, occurred after Doocy was dislodged from a horse he had breezed for trainer Kenny Smith.

I don t know his name and I d never been on him before, Doocy said. Galloping out after the work, he went unexpectedly to the outside fence and dumped me. As a result of the awkward fall, Doocy s left arm was pinned behind his back.

In the next few days, Doocy will head to Hot Springs, Ark., where his longtime friend Dr. Kyle Roper will determine whether surgery is necessary. Regardless, Doocy, the popular winner of over 5,000 races, a milestone he eclipsed this past February at Oaklawn Park, will be out of action for at least 10 weeks.

Doocy, 53, intends to return to riding, but at this point is unsure whether it ll be at Remington or Oaklawn next year. Doocy has enjoyed an excellent season at Prairie Meadows. He is second in the standings with 53 wins from 266 starts, and his average win payoff has been a healthy $11.80.

I ve had a great season and I look forward to riding a nice group of 3-year-olds next season, Doocy said, referring to Kenny Smith s fine string of juveniles. Among that group is the colt Gamblin Jerry and the filly Overthehump. They give Doocy plenty to look forward to during his down time.