09/20/2014 11:39AM

Res Judicata, exercise rider injured in training accident

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BENSALEM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Derby Day got off to a rough start Saturday as Res Judicata and his exercise rider, Lisa Whitaker, were injured in a morning training accident.

Res Judicata is a multiple stakes winner trained by John Servis. According to Servis, Whitaker is hospitalized with a broken eye socket, a punctured lung, and fractured ribs.

Res Judicata was on the far turn when a horse that was being ponied without a rider got loose from its handler and took off running the wrong way around the track at high speed. The loose horse broadsided Res Judicata between the quarter pole and five-sixteenths pole. Both horses fell.

"I think we're going to be able to save him, but I don't know about his racing career," Servis said. "We'll have to see. I feel really bad about Lisa."

Res Judicata, a 4-year-old gelded son of Smarty Jones, has won 7 of 16 starts and $297,000. He won the Christopher Elser Memorial at Parx as a 2-year-old and the City of Laurel Stakes in Maryland last fall. In his most recent start on Sept 6, he finished a close second in the Banjo Picker Sprint for Pennsylvania-breds at Parx.

wolfgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Has there been any new updates?
Mica More than 1 year ago
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Claire Baker More than 1 year ago
They shud not pony horses around without a rider, very dangerous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree. If the riderless horse wants to get away all the jockey can do is get pulled off the other horse.
Claire Baker More than 1 year ago
Prayers for both. They should not be ponying tb's around without a rider!! Very dangerous
Lynne Veitch More than 1 year ago
There must be a way to stop these training accident crashes. They are always dangerous & more often than not, FATAL!
Bill Kaup More than 1 year ago
Why not mandate that all horses have riders on the track? We're just asking for trouble allowing horses to be ponied without somebody on their backs.
AskGrace More than 1 year ago
Another nincompoop thought. You know very little about horses and training, apparently. The horse WITH the rider was injured. How is having a rider going to help prevent accidents? Jockeys are thrown off horses in races, and the horses run on riderless. Are you going to form the Horse Police and arrest the horse for losing the rider? Or arrest the rider for losing the horse. Idiotic ideas. These are the dumb cluck thoughts that give rise to ridiculous rules, regulations, restrictions based on folly.
AskGrace More than 1 year ago
Are you serious? That's like saying: there must be a way to stop these car crashes. They are always dangerous and more often than not, FATAL! When you have huge animals tethered with a rope going at fast speeds, the amazing thing is that there aren't many more accidents. You have a victim mentality, wanting to be protected from normal life experiences so nothing bad will happen to you - a totally unrealistic viewpoint, especially on Earth, and especially when you are in the horse industry. GROW UP! The horsemen practice safety above all else, which is why day after day in America and around the world hundreds of thousands of horses and horsemen operate in complete safety, but occasionally something goes awry.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Lynne,you are yet another un-educated poster on here.How do you think that you take hundreds of horses out in the morning,and I mean hundreds,and not have something happen?Do you realize that almost EVERY horse in the barns goes out EVERY morning,wether to work,or just strecth theyre legs.It is bound to happen,and nuthing can be done about it.the thing is,you only here about the good ones that get hurt.
mike More than 1 year ago
And you and Grace are the educated one's?
TonyRegalbuto More than 1 year ago
It's always the good one that get hurt! Hope Res Judicata will be ok, and I hope Lisa recovers quickly!
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Heartfelt prayers for both injured horses as well as Ms. Whitaker ;'(
JeAnna Ramirez More than 1 year ago
Healing prayers for Res Judicata and Lisa Whitaker. What happened to the other horse?????
wolfgirl1 More than 1 year ago
I wish we knew.
cappelletti63 More than 1 year ago
"I think we're going to be able to save him, but I don't know about his racing career," Servis said.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Prayers for Rider and horse.
mike More than 1 year ago
Agreed!