Lacerated Liver Sidelines Canadian Rider King

(from Woodbine report)
Jockey Robert King, Jr., who was injured in a walking ring incident at Woodbine on Sept. 21, will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2005 campaign after being diagnosed with a lacerated liver.

King, 41, also suffered bruised ribs after his mount, Call Me Danny, kicked him just prior to getting a leg up for the evening's first race at Woodbine. He will remain in a local area hospital until mid-week.

"He's mainly there for observation," said King's agent, Don Parente. "He'll have a couple more CT scans and he'll likely be released by Wednesday.

"He obviously wishes he could be riding, but he told me, 'We got lucky. This could have been a lot worse.' He's going to rest, get healed up, and be ready to go when the season opens in 2006."

King, who has over 1,100 lifetime wins to his name, along with back-to-back Sovereign Awards as Canada's top apprentice in 1983 and 1984, started training horses in 1999.

He won 29 races as a conditioner, including three stakes, with the outstanding filly Devastating.

The Ottawa native, who notched his first winner with Irish Taheka at Greenwood on Nov. 6, 1982, has 14 wins and over $630,000 at Woodbine in 2005.