One Fairmount jockey out of hospital; horse euthanized after collision

News-DemocratAugust 28, 2013 

DEREK HOLTMANN/BND

One of two jockeys involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon at Fairmount Park Race Track in Collinsville has been released from the hospital.

Jockey Robert Cummings was released from Anderson Hospital after receiving treatment for multiple bruises. He was back at the track Wednesday, according to Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane. He may be back in the saddle and ride at the park Friday night.

The second jockey, Rohan Singh, remains at St. Louis University Hospital with broken ribs and other internal injuries, Sloane said. He is expected to be released from the hospital in three or four days.

Cummings was riding the 5-year-old mare Shakkarena in the third race of the day Tuesday afternoon when the horse stumbled and fell as the six-horse field turned into the final stretch of the race. Shakkarena suffered a severely broken leg and had to be euthanized. A track veterinarian euthanized the bay thoroughbred with an injection.

Singh was riding She's on Her Way behind Shakkarena and when the mare fell, She's on Her Way could not avoid the fallen horse and tripped over her. She somersaulted over Shakkarena and Singh was thrown from his mount.

She's on Her Way walked off the track and suffered no serious injuries in the crash, Sloane said.

Contact reporter Jennifer A. Schaaf at jschaaf@bnd.com or 618-239-2667.

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