Rainford Strains Knee in Woodbine Spill

(from Woodbine report)
Jockeys Steve Bahen, Michelle Rainford, and Na Somsanith were all involved in a spill in Thursday’s ninth and final race at Woodbine.

Bahen, aboard Rose Run, Rainford, on Abira, and Somsanith, on Arona, were all ejected from their respective mounts just prior to the final turn in the six-furlong, $25,000 maiden claiming event for fillies and mares.

Bahen and Somsanith walked off under their own power. Rainford was taken to an area hospital, where X-rays taken Thursday night were negative.

Rainford suffered an abrasion above her eye and a strained knee.

“She’s in great spirits,” said agent Al Raymond. “She can’t wait to get back. She’ll be back riding in a few days.”

As of June 21, Rainford had 25 wins and over $950,000 in purse earnings. The 27-year-old currently ranks eighth in the standings.

Abira, stalking the pace on the outside heading into the turn, clipped heels with Evening and fell. Rose Run, just behind, fell over the fallen horse. Arona, beginning her rally, hurdled one of the horses and lost her rider.

Stewards examined video tape of the mishap but made no changes. There was no word on the condition of the horses.

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