Jockey Matthew Straight, twin brother of apprentice jockey Michael Straight who was injured in an Aug. 26 incident at Arlington Park, has issued the following statement regarding the condition of his brother:
“Mike’s surgery last night was successful and everything went as planned. The doctors said it could not have gone any better. We know there is still a long way to go and now it’s just a waiting game to see how good and how quick he heels up.
“He’s off the majority of sedation and we’re waiting for him to come out of it on his own. We know it’s going to be a long road back and we’re not going anywhere.
“Everybody has been so supportive with phone calls, e-mails and even Facebook messages. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. Our family appreciates the support and the love. It’s times like this that bring everyone together. Please keep Mike in your prayers.
“We appreciate everyone’s support but also ask that you respect our family’s privacy and when we feel it is the appropriate time to talk more publicly, we will do so.”
Straight said he will continue to issue updates as appropriate.
Michael Straight was taken to Lutheran General Hospital following an incident in the eighth race at Arlington Park. Straight, 23, was riding Im No Genetleman in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race when his mount appeared to have clipped heels with another horse in the vicinity of the quarter pole and the rider fell to the track.