2:30 p.m. Wednesday update by Ken Roberts of the Post-Dispatch:
Fairmount Park jockey Rohan Singh was in fair condition Wednesday at St. Louis University Hospital, where he is recovering from broken ribs and other internal trauma after his mount She's On Her Way fell over another horse that had fallen during a race Tuesday afternoon at the Collinsville track.
Singh, who is expected to be released from the hospital in three or four days according to a track spokesman, was aboard a 6-year-old mare trained by Paul Calloway. He had just turned for home in the 5½-furlong third race when 5-year-old mare Shakkarena, ridden by Robert Cummings, took a bad step and fell, sending Cummings over the front of Shakkarena.
She's On Her Way then stumbled over Shakkarena, sending Singh hard to the ground.
Shakkarena suffered a serious leg injury and had to be euthanized on the track. She's On Her Way got up and was led away by track personnel.
Cummings, who was also injured in the incident, was transported to Oliver C. Anderson Hospital in Maryville where he was treated for multiple bruises and released.
He was back at Fairmount on Wednesday and may return to riding on Friday night, when he is scheduled to ride three races on the eight-race card.
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Our earlier story, published Tuesday evening:
COLLINSVILLE • A race horse was euthanized after a collision that injured two jockeys Tuesday during the third race at the Fairmount Park Race Track, a spokesman there said.
The accident occurred just as the horses turned into the final stretch of the 5 1/2-furlong race. The No. 2 horse, Shakkarena, ridden by jockey Robert Cummings, fell because of a leg injury. The No. 5 horse, She’s on Her Way, ridden by Rohan Singh, was unable to avoid the fallen horse.
Shakkarena was euthanized because of the serious leg injury, said Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane. The other horse did not appear to be injured in the 1:55 p.m. spill.
Cummings and Singh were taken by ambulance to Anderson Hospital in Maryville, he said. Cummings was in serious condition, according to a hospital official. Singh was transferred to St. Louis University Hospital.
“It was pretty dramatic,” said Bill Forbes, 43, of Florissant, a spectator.
Cynthia James, 38, of Troy, Mo., recalled how the two horses hit each other.
“One came back up,” she said, “and the other didn’t.”
There were three veterinarians at the track at the time of the accident, said Jim Lages, chief downstate steward for the Illinois Racing Board.
Lages said Shakkarena had suffered a compound fracture and was euthanized by injection.
Jockey Emanuel Cosme, 33, of Collinsville, who was riding directly ahead of the first horse, told a reporter he was saddened that the animal was mortally injured and that two of his friends were in the hospital.
“It’s part of the game,” Cosme said. “And then we come back and do it again.”
David Hunn of the Post-Dispatch contributed information to this report.