Race at Churchill Downs canceled after driver injured

Race at Churchill Downs canceled after driver injured

The eighth race Churchill Falls Oct. 30 was called off mid-race after jockey Alex Achard was injured in a spill from a horse entering the first corner of the 1 1/16 mile race on a sloppy track.

Achard was on board Storyteller Racing and Schroeck Racing’s Paddock boss , who fell while in tight quarters among a bunched peloton at the start of the optional 2-year-old child allowance claim race, knocking down his jockey. A dragging horse, Frank’s honor , seemed to make light contact with the fallen horse as he tried to dodge it outward. This horse continued into the first turn in last place after being stabilized by jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.

Achard was conscious when examined and complained of pain in his right knee, according to Darren Rogers, senior manager of media services at Churchill Downs. Achard was taken to hospital at the University of Louisville, he added.

The jockey, who started his career in France before riding full-time in the United States from 2018, has ridden 48 winners this year out of 317 mounts. Last year he won his biggest victory in the United States on Lover in the Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes (G1T).

Paddock Boss, a son of Swirling Candy trained by Rodolphe Brisset, was euthanized with an irrecoverable injury to his left front leg, according to Rogers.

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Refunds have been issued for bets placed specifically on the eighth race. Multi-race bets have returned consolation wins and wins with one less winner in the required streaks.

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