Jockey Gallyn Mitchell

Jockey Gallyn Mitchell

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Jockey Mitchell Plans to Ride Again Soon

The 50-year-old rider was injured last week in a Turf Paradise spill.

Jockey Gallyn Mitchell, who was injured in a spill last week at Turf Paradise, hopes resume riding within a couple weeks, according to his wife/agent Denise Mitchell.

Mitchell fractured an ankle and his spine in a two-horse spill during the fifth race Dec. 23. Mitchell, aboard Mark of Mischief, was unseated when his mount fell entering the stretch, and then was clipped by an onrushing You Make Me Blue.

"We got very lucky," Denise Mitchell said in a release. "It could have been a lot worse."

Mitchell also was having difficulty hearing out of his right ear, but everything appears to be healing fine, and he is scheduled to undergo further X-rays of the ankle and spine next week.

"If all goes well, (Gallyn) could be able to ride in two weeks," Denise Mitchell said.

Gallyn Mitchell, 50, ranks first in nearly all the major riding categories at Emerald Downs, compiling 1,347 wins, 76 stakes wins, and $13,847,580 in earnings.

Mitchell was riding well at Turf Paradise prior to the accident, winning 14 of 76 mounts including stakes triumphs on Washington-breds Absolutely Cool and E Z Kitty.

Mitchell also had his 2012 Emerald Downs meet cut short by injury, suffering a broken hand Aug. 5 in a freak accident prior to the Angie C Stakes. He finished 11th overall with 25 wins, his first non-top five finish in the track's 17-season history.

"At midnight tonight, we're going to kiss 2012 goodbye," Denise Mitchell said.