07/21/2005 11:00PM

Doocy hurt in Prairie spill

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Jockey Tim Doocy is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks after suffering a separated pelvis and internal injuries during the loading process of Thursday's first race at Prairie Meadows.

Doocy, who has won the last three riding titles at Prairie Meadows, was aboard a first-time starter, Chukkaluk, who reared up as she was being loaded. Doocy's right foot was stuck in the stirrup, and he was tossed to the ground in an awkward manner.

Doocy, 49, was taken to Mercy Hospital In Altoona, Iowa, where X-rays for a possible broken hip were negative Thursday. Doocy was released but was readmitted Friday after suffering severe discomfort and blood in his urine overnight. He is not expected to undergo surgery for his injuries.

Doocy will remain hospitalized for observation through the weekend, according to the Prairie Meadows director of racing, Derron Heldt.

Doocy, who has more than 4,500 career victories, is second in Prairie's mixed-meet standings.