07/13/2013 6:58PM

Suffolk Downs: Terrill still hospitalized but upbeat regarding her condition


EAST BOSTON, Mass. - Late Saturday afternoon, Andria Terrill remained in Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has been since July 8 after suffering three fractures at the base of her skull in a spill at Suffolk Downs.

Reached Saturday evening and asked about her condition, Terrill responded via text, “I should be fine with no problems.” In a subsequent text message, she indicated that she expected to be in the hospital until at least Monday. 

Earlier Saturday, when Daily Racing Form had requested an update of the rider's condition from the public affairs department of Massachusetts General Hospital, official Katie Marquedant  said Terrill was not listed in the patient directory and was not in the hospital.

Terrill's prognosis for a full recovery remains optimistic, as her doctors expect the small fractures she suffered to heal on their own in about six weeks. There was no word on when she may return to the saddle.

Terrill was unseated by Chapel’s Beauty after the break of the fourth race July 8 and was unconscious on the racetrack. After Terrill regained consciousness, she was transported by ambulance to the hospital for evaluation, which included several CAT scans and an MRI over the ensuing days.   

Terrill ranks second in the Suffolk jockey standings with 18 wins from 78 mounts. She has 107 career wins and mount earnings of $1,289,000.

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 ages 3 and older was declared a no-contest, with the purse divided among the entrants and wagers refunded.

* An earlier Saturday article on Terrill incorrectly stated that she had been released from the hospital.