04/26/2005 11:00PM

Turf Paradise track report


Apprentice jockey Kyle Kaenel will reportedly be sidelined for at least four months after breaking his shoulder and vertebra in a spill on the Turf Paradise turf course on April 19. The 17-year-old rider must wear a halo to stabilize his neck.

Kaenel was able to attend a ceremony last Sunday honoring him as the top apprentice of the meet. Before his injury, Kaenel was preparing to move his tack to Arlington Park for the summer. Even without having ridden since his injury, Kaenel remained second in the rider standings with 106 wins, trailing only Wilson Dieguez.

Since starting his riding career last year, Kaenel has 112 victories, and his mounts have earned $898,060. He had six four-win days during the current Turf Paradise meet.

Kaenel is the son of well-known rider "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel, who won the 1982 Preakness aboard Aloma's Ruler.