09/20/2014 11:39AM

Res Judicata, exercise rider injured in training accident


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.