02/06/2004 12:00AM

Rowland still critical


Jockey Mike Rowland remained in a coma at a Cincinnati hospital late Friday afternoon, the result of head injuries in a three-horse spill Wednesday at Turfway Park. "Mike is fighting for his life," said his agent, Jamie Fowler, who visited him in the hospital. "He is in a coma."

Racing resumed at Turfway Park on Friday after the track canceled the two races following Wednesday evening's accident and later canceled Thursday's card out of what track officials described as concern for Rowland's life-threatening injuries. Bob Elliston, president of Turfway, said the decision to race was made after consulting with Rowland's wife, Tammy. "Our thoughts and prayers of course remain with Mike and his family," Elliston said in a statement.

Rowland was injured during the seventh race at Turfway on Wednesday, when his mount, World Trade, broke down and fell, unseating him. Two trailing horses were unable to avoid him and World Trade, resulting in a three-horse accident that also injured two other riders. Jessica Endres was bruised and shaken, and Mark Johnston broke his collarbone. World Trade was euthanized. The other two horses involved in the accident, Joanies No Phony and Miner Moss, continued to run following the spill and appeared to escape serious injury.