Comebacking Kyle Kaenel Gets Return Win

By Claire Novak
The 17-year-old apprentice Kyle Kaenel, out since April with two fractured vertebrae and a broken shoulder, rode his first winner since being injured when he brought home Edward Fortino's 3-year-old Dobson in the sixth race at Hawthorne on Sunday.

The Chris Block-trained filly went 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:46.24 to give Kaenel his 116th career win.

"It's a relief to get this done," Kaenel said. "It's been too long - about six months - since I've won a race. In this game, that's what you live for. It feels so good to be back."

Kaenel returned to racing at Hawthorne Sept. 23 after spending nearly six months on the sidelines after his accident at Turf Paradise. At the time of his spill, he ranked 13th in national jockey standings and was winning at a 21% clip, finishing in the money 51% of the time.

Kaenel earned his first career win at Kentucky Downs in September 2004. He is the son of Jack "Cowboy" Kaenel, who became the youngest rider on record to win the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he piloted Aloma's Ruler to victory at the age of 16 in 1982.

Dobson paid $11.40, $4.20, and $3.80.