04/21/2014 3:04PM

Trainer Larry Jones making progress

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Larry Jones was thrown from a horse Saturday at Delaware Park.

Trainer Larry Jones, hospitalized with multiple injuries, including bleeding on the brain, after being thrown from a horse Saturday at Delaware Park, was reported Monday to be making significant progress, according to one of his owners.

Jones has been taken out of a coma doctors induced Saturday, and the bleeding on his brain had gone down 50 percent, according to Rick Porter, an owner and friend of the Joneses who spoke with Larry’s wife, Cindy.

"He had two hematomas on the brain, and the one they were the most concerned about came down 50 percent, and the other one was gone completely,” Porter said. “Things are going in the right direction. Cindy feels really good about the prognosis the doctors have given her.”

In addition to the hematomas, Jones, 57, fractured two ribs and had a bruised lung. Jones, who recently moved his string from Fair Grounds to Delaware Park, was coming off the track on a 2-year-old when that horse reared and unseated Jones, who landed on his face. Jones was taken to nearby Christiana Hospital, where a CT scan revealed the internal injuries.

Jones, the trainer of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for Porter, remained in Christiana Hospital in Delaware on Monday, but Porter believed he was about to be moved out of the intensive-care unit and into a regular room.

Jones is one of a small percentage of trainers who gallops horses every day. At approximately 6 feet, 180 pounds, Jones is considered big for an exercise rider, though he considers it “the best part of my job,” according to an interview he did with Daily Racing Form in 2012.

Even when Jones temporarily retired from training in 2010, he continued to get on horses for Cindy, who was the stable’s trainer.

Larry Jones has trained a bevy of graded stakes winners, led by the mare Havre de Grace, who won five graded events in 2011, including the Woodward against males, en route to being named Horse of the Year. Jones also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Believe You Can and Proud Spell as well Hard Spun and Eight Belles, stakes winners who finished second in the Kentucky Derby in 2007 and 2008.

The current star of the Jones stable is the 3-year-old colt Albano, the runner-up in the Lecomte and Risen Star stakes who was withdrawn from consideration for the Kentucky Derby after running fifth in the Louisiana Derby.

Rick Baldwin More than 1 year ago
Vaya con Dios,Mr jones....
Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
Larry, Gallop 'THIS' .. You are a very lucky man, in many ways. Perhaps if you had a small frame and top-out at 100 pounds .. than alter your language, pull-up your chaps and play cowboy. In the end, good luck with 'ALBANO' and you stay healthy Jersey Skip
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Great news! Hope he continues his progress. I look forward to seeing him at Del. Park this summer. Good luck, Larry.
Jimmy Moroney More than 1 year ago
Larry is pure class!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Welcome good news! Continued good health and recovery, Cowboy!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
I sure hope he recovers quickly, he's one tough dude and a classy cowboy trainer. He has been good for horse racing. He is also proof positive, that being bigger, doesn't disqualify one from being a good exercise rider. After having 180 pounds on their back every day, horses feel really good when a 120 rider gets up there on race days. The job of an exercise rider is to build strength and air and experience in the horse. That is where Larry's knowledge really comes in handy