09/07/2012 11:03AM

Evangeline Downs: No major injuries reported after four-horse spill


Reports were still limited Friday morning, but it appears all riders and horses escaped serious injury after a nasty spill in Thursday night’s 10th and final race at Evangeline Downs.

The incident occurred when race leader Zoomin Primetime, with Tracy Hebert aboard, appeared to lose his action just past the quarter pole in the five-furlong race for maiden claimers. Zoomin Primetime then fell, resulting in a chain reaction of fallen horses and riders. Bend the Rail, with Ricky Faul up; Tom and Charlie, ridden by Jeff Faul; and Gauguins Kingdom, under Cody Meche; all fell over their stricken rival. Zoomin Primetime was vanned off, according to the official Equibase chart, while the other three horse were walked off.

“It was one of the worst [spills] that I’ve seen in 20 years,” Evangeline steward Rick Sackett said Friday morning. “All we have heard thus far is that apparently Tracy [Hebert] suffered a broken nose. We are still calling jockeys’ agents and have yet to talk to the state vet this morning, so that is all we know at this time.”