A horrific spill in the 9th and final race at Louisiana Downs on August 23rd has left a couple of riders out of action for several weeks.
The incident occurred near the far turn when Haran took a bad step and broke down under Pat Valenzuela. He was racing on the pace in the maiden turf route, and it set off a chain reaction as Get The Prize (Francisco Torres) fell over the stricken horse. Brazos Cat (Lonnie Meche), Invisible Force ( E J Perrodin), and Heat Pump (Rico Flores) also went down.
Haran had to be put down, but the other horses appeared to escape serious.
Lonnie Meche took the worst of it with a cracked collarbone, fractured wrist, and injured ankle. He is expected to miss 5-6 weeks.
Rico Flores has an ankle fracture and could be out of action for 3-4 weeks.
Francisco Torres and Patrick Valenzuela are both sore but did not have any broken bones. ‘Cisco and PVal are day-to-day and could be back in the saddle as early as August 27th.
Veteran rider E J Perrodin luckily walked away from the scene and is expected to resume riding next week.
Image: Stacy Edwards