(Edited press release)
Jockey Tammi Piermarini will be sidelined indefinitely due to injuries suffered when she was unseated from her mount in the ninth race at Suffolk Downs June 18.
Piermarini, currently second in the Suffolk Downs rider standings with 20 victories, incurred whiplash and torn muscles behind her neck as a result of her fall. The 41-year-old Massachusetts native led all jockey standings at the East Boston oval last year with 100 wins, becoming just the third female jockey to take the riding title in the racetrack's history.
"We both extend our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of concern and love," said Piermarini's husband and agent, John. "We cannot thank everyone enough for their support."
Piermarini was admitted and treated at Boston Medical Center. It is not yet known when she will be released.