July 26, 2010

Good Vibrations for Good Friends

We all know of the tragic events last Spring at Arlington Park. Popular jockey Rene Douglas was seriously injured in a racing accident on May 23, 2009, and has been paralyzed from the waist down since. A native of Panama, Douglas came to the United States in 1983 and enjoyed great success. A winner of more than 3,000 races in North America, Douglas scored his biggest victory in the 1996 Belmont Stakes aboard Editor’s Note. In my neck of the woods, Douglas proved to be the dominant rider at Arlington Park over the past decade. He won six riding titles in an eight-year stretch, and was often on the horse to beat in many of Arlington’s stakes races, but that all changed in the blink of an eye. The terrible fall and resulting injury pulled the rider far from the sport in which he excelled.
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