Jockey Burress Injures Knee in Training Mishap

(Edited press release)

Jockey Beverly Burress, who led all apprentice riders at Oaklawn Park during the 2006 meet, suffered injury to her left knee in a training accident March 8 and will be out of action indefinitely.

"I had arthroscopic surgery on that same knee years ago in a softball accident, but I thought I was going to be alright," noted the young jockey.

Taken to St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center for x-rays, Burress was pleased to note that the pictures revealed no breaks. She was released shortly thereafter.

"I suspect I have some cartilage damage and I've been referred to an orthroscopic specialist here for further treatment," Burress said. "I really thought I could ride today (Thursday). But I did a deep knee-bend in front of my father, and we heard a 'pop' that turned my face white. I'm going to see the doctor and we'll decide what to do after we do an MRI."

Burress had won the final race on Wednesday's card aboard Ilikewhatiamdoing for trainer John Cox. She has four wins at the present meet.

The horse she was riding in the training accident was Black Type Magic, a three-year-old from the barn of trainer William Hicks. The horse was uninjured in the mishap.