02/11/2011 4:14PM

Simington breaks several ribs in spill at Delta Downs


Jockey Don Simington sustained nine broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a spill Thursday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., but was listed in stable condition on Friday, said his agent, Ron Ardoin.

“He’s pretty banged up, but he’s going to be alright,” Ardoin, the retired jockey, said Friday. “They look for a full recovery.”

Simington was injured when his mount in the 10th race, Flower Lake, clipped heels, fell and threw him. The horse walked off, according to the chart of the race. As for Simington, he was taken to Christus St. Patrick Hospital in Lake Charles, La., and was in the intensive care unit on Friday.

Ardoin said he looks for Simington to be released from the hospital in five to seven days. Simington also broke his collarbone in the spill, and sustained a lacerated spleen. He has since had surgery on the spleen and the spleen was saved, said Ardoin.

“He came out of the operation very well,” Ardoin said. “He’s just in a lot of pain.”

Simington, 47, will be sidelined for several months.

Simington is the second-leading rider at Delta Downs with 49 wins and mount earnings of $959,615. He won his third consecutive Louisiana Downs riding title in September. Simington is a career winner of 2,877 races, and has long been based in Louisiana.