08/27/2013 4:50PM

Louisiana Downs notes: Theriot to miss six weeks with back injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Jockey Jamie Theriot injured his back in a spill at Louisiana Downs on Friday and will miss the next six weeks.

Jockey Jamie Theriot will miss the remainder of the Louisiana Downs meet due to injuries he sustained in a spill at the Bossier City, La., track Friday. He is the fourth-leading rider at Louisiana Downs, which closes its meet Sept. 22.

Theriot, 34, was thrown from his mount in the third race when the horse broke down. He was transported to Willis-Knighton Health System in Shreveport and underwent a series of tests. Theriot was accompanied by friend and retired jockey Ronald Ardoin.

“He has three slight cracks in three vertebrae,” Ardoin said. “He’ll possibly miss six weeks, but no surgery.”

Ardoin said the injured vertebrae were in the middle of Theriot’s back. He said the rider was to see a specialist this week.

“He’s in good spirits,” Ardoin said.

Ardoin said Theriot plans to ride next at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Theriot has won 49 races from 322 starts this meet at Louisiana Downs, for mount earnings of $711,620. He is a career winner of 2,341 races, among them the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, both in 2010.

Whited still in intensive care

Trainer David Whited remained in the intensive-care unit at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport on Tuesday, eight days after he suffered brain trauma. The source of Whited’s injuries is unknown, but he had shipped a horse into Louisiana Downs by himself the night of Aug. 20.

Whited, 71, is in a medically induced coma.

“He’s kind of about the same,” said Danny Whited, his brother and a trainer based at Louisiana Downs. “They’re going to take him off the ventilator [and] put him on a breathing tube so they can back off on his medication.

“I feel like he’s going to be all right. It’s just going to be a long time coming around. But he looks good. They let him come-to a couple of times. He opened his eyes, moved his hands and feet.”

David Whited is based at a training center in Arkansas. He is a retired jockey who won more than 3,795 races.

◗ The undefeated Closing Report, who won the fillies’ division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on July 6, is being pointed for the Fair Grounds meet, trainer Bret Calhoun said. “We gave her some time off, had a chip taken out of her knee,” he said. “She’s about a week away from coming back into training.”

◗ Redgrass Cat, who closed from last to win the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 3, is being pointed for the track’s $100,000 Happy Ticket on Sept. 7, trainer Allen Milligan said.