06/21/2007 11:00PM

Rainford not seriously injured in spill


Apprentice Michelle Rainford avoided serious injury in a dramatic three-horse spill in Woodbine's ninth and final race Thursday, which saw two other riders ejected from their mounts.

Rainford's mount, Abira, clipped heels with Evening at the three-eighths pole, and both Rainford and Abira went down. Rose Run, with Steven Bahen aboard, tumbled over the fallen horse, and Na Somsanith came off his mount, Arona, who stayed on her feet.

Bahen and Somsanith both walked away under their own power. Rainford suffered an abrasion above her eye and a strained knee, and was off her mounts Friday.

"She'll be back riding in a few days," said Rainford's agent, Al Raymond.