It wasn’t the way he wanted to finish up his thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine, especially on the second last day of racing and the very day The Sun’s sports columnist Steve Buffery highlighted his year’s exploits in a two-page spread in the Toronto tabloid paper.
But jockey Jesse M. Campbell’s day at the races ended dramatically at the start of the 1 and 1/16th mile second race when his mount Sweet Corinna got hung up in the gates, below left, and then jumped, sending Campbell metres into the air and landing hard on the Woodbine polytrack surface as the six other riders in the seven horse field proceeded down the track, below.
Campbell, who rode Midnight Aria to a Queen’s Plate win in 2013 and had 100 wins in the 2014 Woodbine racing season to date, was helped off the track by Woodbine personnel as the field raced by to finish the $58,000 Allowance race won by James McAleney aboard Bears Personality.
He was alert and sitting upright as he was taken by track ambulance to the infirmary for further attention.
Gary Boulanger’s day, below, started bright aboard Bring On The Bull as he brought the two-year-old colt to the winner’s circle in race one.
With one more day remaining in the 2014 thoroughbred racing schedule tomorrow, Patrick Husbands leads all Woodbine jockeys in wins, after bringing Cozy Lead – who was originally slated to be ridden by Campbell – across first for his 169th victory in race three, below.
In fact, two other jockeys riding Campbell’s previously-scheduled mounts brought those horses in for the win on Saturday. Eurico Rosa da Silva rode Campbell’s ride Kingsport for the win and Justin Stein took the ninth race aboard Midnight Ballet.
Jockey Juan Crawford, below, tried to hang his star up in the winner’s circle but settled for a show finish in the third race aboard Bear’s Cowboy.