04/19/2014 8:56PM

Larry Jones severely injured in fall at Delaware Park

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Larry Jones, who gallops his own horses daily, sustained multiple injuries when he was thrown and landed face first on the track during training hours Saturday at Delaware Park.

Larry Jones, the trainer of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, is in the intensive care unit of Christiana Hospital in Delaware with two fractured ribs, a bruised lung, and bleeding on the brain after being thrown from a horse during Saturday morning training hours at Delaware Park.

According to Deidre Jackson, an assistant trainer for Jones, the bleeding of the brain does not require surgery.

“As long as it doesn’t get any worse, it looks like he’s going to be okay,” Jackson said Saturday night by phone. “So far, it’s as good as it can be right now.”

Jones was coming off the track on a 2-year-old when that horse reared and unseated Jones, who landed on his face. Jones was taken to nearby Christiana Hospital where a CT Scan revealed the internal injuries.

Jackson said there is no pressure on the brain and “as long as it stays that way he won’t have to have surgery,” she said.

Jones is one of a small percentage of trainers who gallops horses every day. At approximately 6-feet, 180 pounds, Jones is considered big for an exercise rider, though he considers it “the best part of my job,” according to an interview he did with Daily Racing Form in 2012.

Even when Jones retired from training in 2010, he continued to get on horses for his wife Cindy, who was the stable’s trainer.

Larry Jones has trained a bevy of graded stakes-winning horses in his career,  led by the mare Havre de Grace, who won five graded events in 2011, including the Woodward against males en route to being named Horse of the Year.

Jones also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Believe You Can and Proud Spell as well Hard Spun and Eight Belles, stakes winners who finished second in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The current star of Jones’s stable is the 3-year-old colt Albano, runner-up in the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes who was withdrawn from consideration for the Kentucky Derby after running fifth in the Louisiana Derby.



liljock More than 1 year ago
Get well Larry! So sorry to hear about your misfortunes the other morning.
Daniel More than 1 year ago
Hope to see U healthy in SARATOGA
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Speedy Recovery to one of the good guys.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
One of the good guys that puts a sweet face on "The Game"...Speedy recovery for him...
India Marshall More than 1 year ago
Prayers for speedy recovery
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Larry always did take good care of his horses I can attest to that. one day I was at Delaware Park by the winners circle and Larry walked through the crowd to his winning horse, its a smell I will never forget! thanks for the memory Larry and get well soon!
Kim Nesbitt More than 1 year ago
Larry you will be in my prayers for a fast healing process.Sorry you had to get hurt loving what you do but there is no greater feeling riding a race horse!
Michelle Myers More than 1 year ago
Jim and michelle dodgen/our prayers are with you Cindy and Larry.
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
Time to cowboy up Larry
Paul F More than 1 year ago
let the young guys ride larry time for the golf cart...
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago