One jockey in serious condition after Lincoln racing accident

2012-06-02T20:30:00Z 2012-06-02T21:19:09Z One jockey in serious condition after Lincoln racing accidentBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Three jockeys were injured Saturday after an accident involving six horses in a race at Lincoln Race Course.

A spokesperson at BryanLGH Medical Center West said Armando Martinez was listed in serious condition and Jordan Olesiak in fair condition following the chain-reaction pileup.

Dan Coughlin, a jockey agent for Olesiak, said Saturday night that Martinez was in intensive care with broken bones in his face, and that Olesiak suffered pulled ligaments in his hip.

Coughlin said Chris Fackler was taken to BryanLGH East, where he was treated for a concussion “but escaped serious injury.”

The accident in the fifth race occurred when Valentine Twist, ridden by Martinez, was coming up on Cindy Who entering the final turn of the 6-furlong race. Valentine Twist clipped Cindy Who's heels and fell, unseating Martinez and causing a chain reaction that led to five other horses falling, including Ruby Red Green, which lost Olesiak. One horse stepped on Martinez's face, according to Coughlin.

None of the horses was seriously injured. All but one of the fallen horses walked off the track; the other eventually walked into a trailer that was pulled onto the track.

Only three horses in the nine-horse field finished the race, including Cindy Who, which was third. Donnarae avoided the mishap and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Coughlin said veteran stewards told him it’s the worst racing accident they’ve seen at the Lincoln track.

“The worst thing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime,” Coughlin said. “It was a pretty bad deal, man.”

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