08/09/2005 11:00PM

Great Lakes Downs track report


Trainer Randy Russell, second in the Great Lakes Downs standings, remained in the hospital Wednesday morning following surgery Tuesday evening. The two-hour operation was to repair his left leg, which was broken in a paddock incident Monday evening.

"They used 13 screws and a 14-inch plate for the four fractures and other hairline fractures," said Russell's son Ross Russell, a veterinary student.

"He'll be in the hospital a few more days, then not be able to put weight on it for about eight weeks."

Russell, who has 35 head at the track and another 95 at his Mt. Pleasant, Mich., farm, was saddling Chicky Poo for the eighth race when the 5-year-old mare flipped in the stall. The horse knocked Russell down and fell on his leg, causing the injuries and forcing a 10-minute delay in the running of the race. Chicky Poo, uninjured in the incident, went on to run second in the race.

* The annual Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's yearling show and sale will be held Aug. 21 at the Muskegon County fairgrounds. The show will start at 9 a.m, with the auction scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. There are 72 Michigan-bred yearlings scheduled for this year's auction. The breeders' group can be contacted at www.mtoba.com for more information.