Riders Randy Meier and Lyndie Wade were hospitalized with injuries sustained in a two-horse fall during the running of Hawthorne’s third race on Nov. 30.
Both riders were transported to Loyola Hospital in Maywood. Wade was unconscious at the time. He remained unconscious at 4:30 CST.
Meier injured his left shoulder and arm. Initially, he was reported to have one or more fractures fractures in that arm.
Chestnut Gold, ridden by Wade, broke down coming out of the far turn in the $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies. She was euthanized following the race. Arazi Exchange, with Meier in the irons, tripped over the fallen horse, tossing Meier to the ground. Arazi Exchange appeared to be uninjured after the race.
In addition, in the sixth race, Tim Thornton was thrown when his mount Tough Tiz stumbled leaving the starting gate. Thornton took off the rest of his mounts with soreness in his arm and abdomen.