Update: Carmouche out 4-6 months

Jennie Rees

FRANKLIN, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 10, 2018) — Jockey Kendrick Carmouche, who went down in a spill when his mount clipped heels in Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint, will be out a projected four to six months with a fractured right femur that was more severe than initially thought.

Carmouche underwent surgery for more than four hours late Sunday afternoon at Nashville's TriStar Skyline Medical Center, according to Mindy Coleman, the Jockeys’ Guild attorney who was at Kentucky Downs Saturday and spent Saturday evening and Sunday at the hospital.

While there was initial discussion about moving Carmouche to Vanderbilt University’s medical center for the surgery, Coleman said that after getting a second opinion the decision was made to leave the rider at Skyline. Orthopedic surgeon Phil Kregor, an internationally recognized expert in complex fracture care, performed the surgery, she said.

Coleman said more evaluation was to be performed before it could be determined when Carmouche might be able to return to his home in Delaware. His wife, Whitney, flew to Nashville after the accident. The attorney said that the Carmouches want to express how much they "appreciate all the love and support our racetrack family has shown."

Riding second-choice Chattel, Carmouche among the leaders in midstretch of Saturday’s $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint when Sovereign Impact, ridden by Adam Beschizza, ducked out in his path, forcing Chattel to clip heels, as it is called when a horse’s front foot becomes entangled with another horse’s hind foot. Chattel sustained a fractured shoulder in the fall and had to be euthanized.

College Day rescheduled for this Wednesday

College Day, where full-time college students have a chance to win one of 10 Microsoft® Surface tablet computers or one of two $1,500 scholarships, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Kentucky Downs.

The popular event, staged in conjunction with the Kentucky HBPA, was to be Sunday but became a victim of the deluge of rain that forced postponement of the racing card until Wednesday.

College students with a valid I.D. card or other documentation from a recognized university, two- or four-year college, technical or community college are eligible to sign up to win via drawing one of the Microsoft® Surface tablets given out after each race, as well as one of two $1,500 scholarships. The tablets are courtesy of the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents horse owners and trainers at the state’s five thoroughbred tracks. Kentucky Downs sponsors the scholarships.

Sign-ups will begin at 12:30 p.m. Central Wednesday near the merchandise stand and not far from the finish line. College students, their friends and family can enjoy 10 horse races, including the $400,000 Dueling Grounds Derby and $300,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Oaks. Students must be present to win.

First post is 1:25 p.m. Central.