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  • Jockey Herrmann Keen to Return After Recovery From Fall

    Amy-herrmannAdelaide-based racing jockey Amy Herrmann has moved to her home for recovery after two months of being hospitalised. Amy fractured her spine at a training jump a few months ago in Morphettville. After the accident, Amy was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital. She had an emergency surgery and recovered slowly from her injuries. Her father was with her at every step of the way. Due to her head injuries, she was kept in a state of induced coma that erased some of her memories from during and after the fall.

    Details of the accident

    Amy Herrmann had suffered serious injuries when she fell off from her horse Urania Belle during practice trials at Morphettville Racecourse in June, 2015. Though she and her horse managed to jump over all the hurdles successfully, her horse stumbled in the final hurdle causing rider Amy to fall off on her back, injuring her spine. She remained sedated for a couple of days after the accident to reduce chances of further injury. After the surgery to fix her spinal injuries, she was slowly bought out of the induced coma and now is able to walk around slowly with a walker without any assistance.

    Recovery phase of jockey Amy Herrmann

    According to doctors, complete recovery will take a long time as she has undergone a major surgery and both her mind and body have undergone severe stress. While expressing their gratitude to the staff of Royal Adelaide Hospital the jockey’s family also expressed their thanks to people who sent support messages to Amy Herrmann. When she arrived home during the last week of August, Amy thanked the press and well-wishers and also stated that she will soon be back once she has recovered completely. She also passed a statement saying falling in hurdles is a part of jump racing and there is no problem with the sport.

  • The Not-so-Curious Case of Tiggy Wiggy and Ivawood

    Two champion thoroughbreds are taking a break this season after posting disappointing results at the Royal Ascot horseracing tournament this year. Tiggy Wiggy and Ivawood were both considered potential legends following very promising juvenile careers, but their poor performances at the Royal Ascot this year have led owner Richard Hannon to give the two a break from racing for a few months to see if that will improve their stride.

    Tiggy Wiggy and IvawoodTiggy Wiggy came in first six times in a row last season and bookmakers and punters alike had her pegged as a leading contender for the first-ever Commonwealth Cup. Instead, Tiggy Wiggy came in close to last at the Cup, despite coming in third at the 1000 Guineas just a few weeks earlier. Punters and bookmakers were shocked at her lackluster performance, but observers say such things happen to even the best of thoroughbreds at times.

    Likewise, Ivawood was widely regarded as a leading contender for the Jersey Stakes after he came in third at the 2000 Guineas and its counterpart in Ireland. But at the Royal Ascot last month, Ivawood posted disappointing results against the best and brightest of English thoroughbreds. Owner and legendary trainer Richard Hannon said that both horses would recover following a midsummer break. Hannon blamed the grounds at the Royal Ascot for Tiggy Wiggy’s poor showing, saying that it was probably too quick for the champion sprinter. Hannon holds out that Ivawood will prove to be a contender at the Breeders’ Cup next year. After the break, there are many great races in France for Ivawood and Tiggy Wiggy to prove themselves again.

    Breaks are sometimes necessary for young thoroughbreds to push through a plateau that comes at the two-year mark. However, they can also sometimes signal that a horse has reached its full potential and simply cannot compete anymore.

  • Jockey Chris Antley Enters Racing Hall of Fame

    Late jockey Chris Antley who died of a drug overdose in 2000 at the young age of 34 years has been elected into Hall of Fame of National Museum of Racing. The other nominees to make it to the top list are trainer King Leatherbury and thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat. All the four will be formally inducted into the institution in a ceremony scheduled on August 7. Chris Antley had an illustrious career as a jockey between 1983 and 2000 as he won 3480 horse races in all and his earnings amounted to $ 92,261,894 when he died. With his brave and dauntless spirit he managed to win 127 graded races along with Preakness Stakes on his horse Charismatic which helped him earn a ranking among top 10 jockeys in the nation a position he maintained from 1984 to 1987.

    Chris Antley’s life as a jockey

    Jockey Chris Antley

    Though Chris had fought frequented battles to combat drugs and alcohol abuse and his jockey career was also jeopardized several times due to these destructive habits he always managed to come through and win with flying colours in the racing field. In 1987, Chris Antley won nine races in a single year of which four were won at Aqueduct while five were at Meadowlands. He made a similar record in the year 1989 when he won continuously for 64 consecutive days which also gave him lead rank in Hall of Fame.

    Details of others in the Hall of Fame

    When trainer King T. Leatherbury retired at the age of 81 he had recorded 6449 wins which include 52 training titles that he had won in Maryland and along with four titles at Delaware Park. His career earnings amounted to $62,792,375 and he owns and trains Ben’s Cat which has won 22 stakes along with a princely sum of $2.3 million. Lava Man had an illustrious career as it won seven Grade 1 games which have not been accomplished by any other Californian horse. Kentucky bred Xtra Heat had a career record of 25 stake races of which 10 were graded racing events.