Casey Lambert 'Doing Great' After Jaw Surgery

(from Lone Start Park report)
Jockey Casey Lambert, injured in a three-horse spill Monday at Lone Star Park, underwent reconstructive surgery Thursday at Methodist Hospital in Dallas to repair multiple breaks in his jaw.

Lone Star chaplain Sam Spence, who was at the hospital visiting Lambert and his family, reported, "He and his family are doing just fine. The operation to repair his jaw went great. He's doing great and I can't tell you how lucky he is. He's going to come away from it all just fine. I'm guessing he'll probably have a month to a six-week vacation recuperating."

Lambert went down in a three-horse spill in the ninth and final race Monday when his mount Eunever broke down near the quarter pole. In addition to the broken jaw, Lambert suffered multiple broken ribs on both his left and ride side and a punctured lung. Eunever was euthanized.

Jockeys Cathleen Garner and Jesus Rodriguez also were unseated from their mounts in the spill, but both escaped injury, as did their horses Dazzling Embrace and Rox Solid.

Replacement riders for Lambert's six scheduled mounts on Friday night will be announced Friday.