05/01/2005 11:00PM

Pelvis broken, Thompson out


Terry Thompson, who leads the rider standings at Prairie Meadows, suffered a broken pelvis in a training incident at the track Sunday morning and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Thompson was aboard an unraced 2-year-old for trainer Larry Jones. The colt was walking toward the path to the track for a workout when he spooked and reared over backward, trapping Thompson between the pavement and the horse.

Thompson said he expects to remain at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, for the next several days, but doctors have told him no surgery will be needed to repair the fracture.

The leading rider here four straight years, from 2000 to 2003, Thompson was in a battle for the title with Tim Doocy here last June when he suffered a broken leg during a race.

Thompson returned to the saddle in January at Oaklawn Park, where he recorded 37 wins at the meeting. Thompson holds a 13-11 edge over Doocy through the first two weeks of the Prairie Meadows meeting.

Thompson sounded upbeat Monday morning.

"I was thrilled with the meeting at Oaklawn coming off a major injury, and this was the best start I've ever had here," he said. "It was just a freak accident. If we had been on the horse path, everything probably would have been fine, but on the pavement he just lost his balance when he reared up and pancaked me. I've come back before and I'll do it again."