07/09/2013 2:25PM

Suffolk Downs rider Terrill hospitalized after spill

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EAST BOSTON, Mass. – Jockey Andria Terrill remained hospitalized in good condition Tuesday and was undergoing continued evaluation and treatment after reportedly suffering a skull fracture in a spill at Suffolk Downs on Monday.

Terrill was “tossed at the break” of the fourth race by her mount, Chapel’s Beauty, according to the call by track announcer T.D. Thornton. As she lay unconscious on the track and was tended to by medical professionals at the scene, the race continued. When the field of six rounded the far turn and reached the top of the stretch, the outriders, pony people, and gate crew managed to stop all of the horses and riders.

After Terrill regained consciousness and was able to be moved, she was observed moving her right arm and legs while on a stretcher and was taken by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“They took her in for her third CAT scan at three this morning,” Eddie Smith, Terrill’s agent, said Tuesday. “From what I understand, she’ll be having more tests. At this stage, we’re waiting for information and praying for her.”

The CEO of Suffolk Downs, Chip Tuttle, said, “We wish Andria a full and speedy recovery, and we commend the efforts of our outriders, gate crew, and emergency personnel onsite.”

Terrill currently ranks second in the Suffolk jockey standings with 18 wins from 78 mounts, and through Monday had 107 career wins, 102 seconds, and 102 thirds from 758 starts, with her mounts earning $1,289,000. In 2012, she ranked fifth at Suffolk.

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

Ellen Smith More than 1 year ago
Monday was my first time at the race track and was quite tramatic for me. As an ICU RN my duty is to help people when there hurt. I understand they couldn't let anyone out onto the track until the horses were stopped but there needs to be a better system in place at Suffolk Downs when there is injury to a jockey. How sad that Ms.Terrill had to wait for care because there isn't a system to stop the race. Suffolk Downs seriously needs to think about a new way to get help immediately to the injured. There also was a undercover Sate police Officer who didn't idenify himself properly and was very disrepectful to myself and the thourghbreed owner I was with. I agree with the comment by Ned Daly below.
David Fontaine More than 1 year ago
thank you for your help with the injured jockey.....
David Fontaine More than 1 year ago
suffolk downs did what it had to do at that of need, however the State Police at assign Trooper Walker needs to take a review course on how to address people (if you treat people nice you will get that in return ......can't believe he is a trooper
Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
These jockeys both men and women put themselves in harms way each and every time they get up on a race horse. We all need to appreciate the dangers that present themselves to these skilled professionals.
Ned Daly More than 1 year ago
I do not believe Ms. Snierson was on the scene to observe these events. The "outriders, pony people, and gate crew" did not stop any horses at the top of the stretch. The horses and riders as well as the riderless horse were directed away from the rail but did not stop until they had passed the finish line. Reads like it was cobbled together from third-hand accounts.