Jockey Lakeman Still in Critical Condition
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 5/26/2007 5:29:27 PM
Last Updated: 5/27/2007 8:40:50 AM

Jockey Andrew Lakeman
Photo: Coglianese Photos
(from Belmont Park notes)
Jockey Andrew Lakeman remained in critical condition with spinal injuries Saturday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

Lakeman was injured after being thrown in a spill during Friday’s fourth race at Belmont Park.

Charles Hayward, New York Racing Association president and CEO , visited the hospital Saturday and met with hospital staff concerning the 32-year-old Lakeman’s condition.

“When Andrew was admitted yesterday he was extremely unstable and had precipitously low blood pressure,” Hayward said. “He did not suffer any head trauma, but he did have severe spine trauma, the implications of which they’re not making any prognosis or projections.

“He’s still critical, but he is stable and certainly much improved from his situation when he was admitted.”

Lakeman was thrown to the turf when his mount, Our Montana Dream, fell on the far turn of the one-mile turf race. Jockey Norberto Arroyo broke his collarbone when the horse he was on, Lady Alice, tripped over her fallen rival, according to his agent, Jose Amy.

“He broke his collarbone,” Amy said Saturday. “The other X-rays came back negative. He’s going to stay at the hospital overnight and he’ll be released tomorrow. He’ll see a specialist after he is released.”

Amy estimated that Arroyo would miss at least six weeks of racing while recuperating.

The hospital has been in touch with Lakeman’s family in England.  His parents are expected to come as soon as travel arrangements can be made.

Both horses escaped serious injury.

Lakeman has less than 200 career mounts and is winless in 35 starts this year.

(Chart, Equibase)


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