05/25/2004 11:00PM

Wilson moved to rehab facility


Jockey Rick Wilson, who was critically injured on May 8 during a race at Pimlico Race Course, has been moved to a rehabilitation center at Kernan Hospital near Baltimore, according to his agent, John Salzman Jr.

Wilson, 50, was upgraded to stable condition on Monday at the Shock Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland Hospital. He had been admitted in critical condition following the May 8 accident, in which he was kicked in the head by the horse who unseated him.

"I went to see him on Saturday, and he was doing really good," Salzman said Wednesday. "He was communicating really well, and he was moving his arms and his legs, and he even got up and walked down the hall a couple of times."

Salzman said Wilson has not yet decided whether he will return to riding. "He hasn't mentioned anything about that," Salzman said. "It's too soon to talk about."

Wilson ranks 20th among jockeys with 4,939 lifetime victories.