Riders Recovering After Scary Woodbine Spill

Chad Beckon fractured a vertebra.

Jockeys Chad Beckon and Simon Husbands are recovering after a dangerous spill in the third race at Woodbine on the evening of June 17.

Both riders were thrown from their respective mounts after the accident in which Oliver's Strike, with Beckon aboard, broke down in the far turn of the one mile and seventy yard race. Husbands fell when his mount, Kensington Oval, tumbled over the fallen horse.
Both riders were taken to a local hospital. Beckon suffered the more serious injuries.
“Chad has fractured vertebra and a broken cheek (bone). He’s having a CT scan today, but he does have full mobility of his arms and legs," said Robert King, secretary/manager of the Jockeys' Benefit Association of Canada June 18. “Simon went home from the hospital last night and is a little banged up.”
Oliver’s Strike, a 3-year-old son of Smart Strike owned by Gustav Schickedanz, died as a result of his injuries.