AR-News: CA - Jockey Injured in Spill at Hollywood Park - horse killed

Joe Miele joe.miele at
Sat Dec 13 08:04:19 EST 2003

Julie Krone Injured in Spill at Hollywood Park
Dec 12, 9:49 PM (ET)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was hospitalized
Friday after injuring her back in a spill at Hollywood Park.

Krone, admitted to Centinela Hospital Medical Center, was to undergo an MRI
on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury, hospital spokeswoman
Janice Yergan said.

Yergan said Krone has bruises on her back. Hollywood Park spokesman Mike
Mooney said the jockey complained of pain in her sternum and rib cage, but
was able to move. There was no immediate word on how long the often-injured
40-year-old Krone will be sidelined.

Skidoo, ridden by David Nuesch, fractured his right foreleg midway down the
backstretch in the 7½-furlong claiming race for 3-year-olds and up and fell
directly into the path of Krone and her mount, Clover Situation.

Krone was thrown to the ground when Clover Situation collided with Skidoo.

Mooney said Nuesch escaped serious injury. Skidoo, a 4-year-old colt, was
euthanized and Clover Situation wasn't injured.

Krone has 3,704 career wins and has been among the leading riders in
Southern California since ending a 3½-year retirement in November 2002. She
was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 2000 and is the only woman to
ride winners of a Triple Crown race and a Breeders' Cup race.

Krone has bounced back from several serious injuries during her career, most
recently from a spill March 8 at Santa Anita when she broke two bones in her
lower back and suffered two compression fractures of vertebrae.

She returned July 10 at Hollywood Park and battled Patrick Valenzuela for
leading jockey honors at Del Mar later in the summer.

Krone took the lead over Valenzuela at the Hollywood Park meeting by winning
two races Wednesday and two more Thursday to give her a total of 23
victories. Valenzuela, who has 22 wins, sat out the last three days with the

The 34-year-old Nuesch began riding on the Southern California circuit
earlier this year. He has 1,202 career victories.

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