06/19/2009 11:00PM

Injured Woodbine jockey improving


Jockey Chad Beckon, who was seriously injured in a spill last Wednesday night at Woodbine, has made progress and been moved from critical care to intensive care at a Toronto hospital, according to his agent, Tony Esposito.

"He's improved 100 percent over the last 24 hours," Esposito said Saturday afternoon. "He's breathing on his own. He woke up on his own [Friday], which is very good. He's alert and awake."

Beckon's mount, Oliver's Strike, broke down in the third race, sending the rider hard to the ground. Beckon suffered cranial bleeding, a broken nose, a broken cheekbone, and two fractured vertebrae. Oliver's Strike was dead when the track veterinarian got to him.