Updated on 05/25/2012 11:35AM

Prairie Meadows: Jockey Terry Thompson breaks leg in gate mishap


ALTOONA, Iowa – Jockey Terry Thompson suffered an injury to his right leg before the start of Thursday night’s eighth race when his mount Diesel’s Prize reared up and spun around in the starting gate.

According to his agent, Scott Hare, Thompson was transported to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines and diagnosed with a “clean break of his right fibula.” The injury, not as severe as initially feared, will not require surgery and Thompson was released early Friday morning. However, at this juncture, there is no timetable for his return.

Diesel’s Prize, an Iowa-bred 3-year-old trained by Kelly Von Hemel, was scratched and walked off the track under his own power.

Thompson, 40, is the defending leading jockey at Prairie Meadows where he has amassed 986 of his 2,863 career wins. Currently, he is one win behind Alex Birzer in the standings after starting the meet 36 for 113.

Hare, who has worked with Thompson since January 2012, hopes Thompson will ride again this meet. In the meantime, he hopes to renew his association with jockey Chris Landeros, currently based at Calder, as soon as possible.