02/22/2003 1:00AM

Trainer Brennan hit by car


Trainer Terry Brennan was struck by a car while crossing the street in the rain in front of Oaklawn Park at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday night, several hours after the last race. He suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist, as well as severe bruising in his knees, and was released from a local hospital about 1 a.m. Saturday.

Others have been injured in the same cross-walk, including retired Daily Racing Form columnist Don Grisham who was seriously injured when hit after the races on closing day of the 1998 meet.

Brennan was hit by a person driving in the turn lane on Central Avenue, the main thoroughfare through Hot Springs which consists of four lanes of traffic and a center turning lane.

Brennan was resting at home Saturday, but said he planned to return to work in a day or two. He is expected to have to undergo surgery on his wrist, and is to meet with doctors this week.

"I'm surviving," said Brennan, 50. "I can hobble around."

Brennan operates a 20-horse stable at Oaklawn, and also owns Grayrock Farm, a 48-acre boarding and breeding operation located about 20 minutes from the track.