Calder Jockey Bain Remains Hospitalized, Freites Released

By Claire Novak
Jockey Gary Bain remained hospitalized Tuesday with injuries from a spill at Calder on Monday afternoon. According to the jockey's agent, Freddy Lucero, Bain's right lung was injured when he was thrown as his mount, Touch of Magic, clipped heels with Survicat and fell in the final turn of Monday's first race.

"His right lung has a lot of air in it, which is preventing it from being able to expand and contract properly," said Lucero. "Thankfully, they're getting the air out and he's feeling more comfortable. The doctors thought it would be a lot worse, so that's good news."

Bain will remain at Florida's Memorial Regional Hospital for observation, but should be released by Thursday or Friday, said Lucero. If all goes well, Bain plans to return to riding on Saturday.

Meanwhile, apprentice Alexis Freites was released from the hospital Monday evening. Freits was injured in a separate spill at Calder when his mount, Local Forecast, bumped another horse after leaving the gate for the second race on the card. The young rider sustained only a minor bruise to his left arm and was cleared to resume racing Thursday.

Calder Race Course reopened for live racing on Oct. 30 after the effects of Hurricane Wilma suspended the meet for two days. An abbreviated five-race card was scheduled for Sunday and Monday; all races were run on the turf. Live racing resumes Thursday, when eight races on the nine-race card will be run on the dirt.

None of the horses involved in the two incidents were injured.