Updated on 09/15/2011 2:41PM

Four hurt in Turfway spill


Veteran Mike Morgan suffered the worst injuries among four jockeys who were taken to a local hospital following a chain-reaction spill Sunday in the second race at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Morgan, riding Polish Colleen, suffered a broken wrist in the incident, which occurred when his mount suddenly broke down after having taken the lead entering the stretch. Trailing horses ridden by Jimmy Lopez, Jose Calo, and apprentice Chris Rosier were unable to avoid the spill and also threw their riders.

Lopez, leading rider at the holiday meet, which ends Monday, complained of soreness in his arm, although X-rays were not conclusive. Lopez, who is expected to ride at the Oaklawn Park meet, which begins Jan. 25, had his arm placed in a sling as a precautionary measure.

Calo and Rosier complained of soreness but were not believed to be seriously injured, according to a Turfway spokesperson.

Polish Colleen was euthanized, but the three other horses involved did not appear to be seriously injured. Polish Colleen, a 4-year-old filly who earned $11,379, was owned by Skipper Cheesman and Norman Forguites and trained by Steve Cahill.