07/10/2013 1:49PM

Suffolk Downs: Jockey Terrill may be released from hospital later in the week


EAST BOSTON, Mass. – Jockey Andria Terrill suffered three fractures at the base of her skull in a spill at Suffolk Downs on Monday. She remained hospitalized Wednesday in “good” condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, but her prognosis is for a full recovery.

“I was with her at the hospital and the doctors told her that those fractures should heal completely on their own in six weeks,” said Eddie Smith, Terrill’s agent. “There was also some bleeding in her skull, but not on her brain, so she had another CAT scan and an MRI on her neck yesterday. The test results went very well and they didn’t find anything else, so the doctors said she may be able to go home on Thursday or Friday. She’s got a bruise on her right forearm and a headache, but otherwise she’s okay.”

Terrill, 30, was unseated by Chapel’s Beauty after the break of the fourth race and was unconscious on the racetrack. After Terrill regained consciousness she was transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Terrill currently ranks second in the Suffolk jockey standings with 18 wins from 78 mounts, and through July 8 had 107 career wins from 758 starts with mounts earning $1,289,000. It is premature to speculate when she may be able to return to the saddle.

Chapel’s Beauty, a 3-year-old filly owned and bred by Patricia Generazio and trained by Brenda McCarthy, was unharmed. The one mile race for $5,000 maiden claiming fillies and mares three and older was declared a non-contest with the purse divided among the entrants and wagers refunded.