Jockey Russell Injured at Laurel Park

Sheldon Russell injured at Laurel Park

Leading Laurel Park rider Sheldon Russell, who has been plagued with injuries that have repeatedly interrupted his apprentice year, was hurt again when his mount broke down Oct. 31 during the second race.

Russell made an attempt to ease Mo The Tiger after the 2-year-old started to lose action nearing the 1/16th marker, but the colt abruptly fell and his rider tumbled hard to the ground, according to a news release from the Maryland Jockey Club.

The jockey complained of back pain, was quickly stabilized and loaded into the track ambulance. Clerk of Scales Adam Campola reported that the rider was transferred to Howard County General Hospital for x-rays.

Russell's promising career has stopped and started several times because of injuries which took him out of action last fall, this spring and again this summer. He won a career-best five races at Laurel on Oct. 4, 2007, and won four on September 27.

The 21-year-old leads Laurel in fall riding standings with 29 wins. Mo The Tiger was humanely euthanized on the track.