Three jockeys sustained injuries and had to be rushed to hospital in two separate races, the sixth and seventh, respectively, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Coming out worst was three-time champion Dane Nelson, whose mount, MONTEGONIAN, stumbled and fell approaching the furlong pole in the sixth race over 1300 metres, decking the popular jockey. In the ensuing melee, STRAIGHTFROMUHEART was brought down, throwing jockey Richard Mitchell as well. The horse also stepped on Nelson, who lay motionless on the ground for a while before he was rushed to the First Aid Post in the track ambulance.Nelson regained consciousness shortly after, but was then fitted with a neck brace by the paramedics and taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for treatment and further observation.Mitchell, on the other hand, escaped injury, but did not ride for the remainder of the day.In the very next race over 1500 metres, won by 7-2 chance DREAMCOMETRUE, both DINNER BY SEVEN and STIR IT UP dislodged their respective riders, Paul ‘Country’ Francis and the veteran Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair in the backstretch.Francis is suspected to have fractured his collar bone, while the 62-year-old Najair was badly shaken up and received an injury to his face. Both were taken to the UHWI for observation.SEVERAL SPILLSAlthough there have been several spills on racedays at Caymanas, only one has claimed the life of a jockey in 56 years of racing at the track. This occurred on November 20, 1999, when popular lightweight jockey, Al Gopie, was thrown by his mount, SAGAR, at the half mile and was trampled by horses in the day’s penultimate race.Meanwhile, firm favourites ROYAL ASSAULT and ETERNAL JOY led from start to finish to win the co-feature races on the card.Ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, the much-improved 4-y-o colt, ROYAL ASSAULT, romped the overnight allowance sprint as the 3-5 favourite. And 30 minutes later, the Neive Graham-trained ETERNAL JOY, a 2-1 favourite, with apprentice Linton Steadman replacing the injured Paul Francis, did likewise in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Colin Melhado Memorial Cup (claiming $250,000-$210,000).
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to 5,700 high school students nationwide, including 18 from the San Fernando and surrounding valleys. They are: Jenna Oestreicher of Agoura Hills; Jeffrey Kurges, Burbank; Emily Kallen, Calabasas; Stephanie Lillibridge, Canyon Country; Jackson Lau, Chatsworth; Jasmyn Nolasco, Granada Hills; Charlene Dower and Maria Navarro, Lancaster; Amanda Holden and Elisa Sanchez, Littlerock; Glecy Baquirin and Sherynn Ghazarosian, Palmdale; Corinne Cho and Tabitha An, Reseda; Juhee Kim, Santa Clarita; Jason Wells and Melissa Bernardo, Saugus; and Justin Young, Van Nuys. A panel of judges chose them based on their financial need, academic record, ACT/SAT scores and school and community involvement. Penny Lane, a mentoring program for emancipated foster youth based in North Hills, is sending 20 children to summer camp in Big Bear. The nonprofit organization is seeking donations to help supply kids with hygiene equipment and camping gear. Two teenage brothers from Moorpark got their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony last month at the Simi Valley Elks Lodge. Davey Freeman, 18, and Jeffrey Freeman, 16, have been Scouting since 1994 and 1995, respectively. Davey has earned 32 merit badges and served his troop in a variety of leadership roles. For a community service project, Davey beautified the campus of Moorpark High School and carved the letters “MHS” in a hedge. He plans to enroll at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and study law and society. Jeffrey earned 26 merit badges and also provided leadership for his troop. For his project, he added a drinking fountain at the Moorpark High School track stadium. His interest is in aerospace engineering. Send checks to Penny Lane Centers, Attn: Send a Penny Lane Child to Camp, 15317 Rayen St., North Hills. CA 91343. For more information, call (818) 332-8260 or see www.pennylane.org. The El Camino Parent Teacher Student Association will host the Woodland Hills Experience, a fundraiser for the campus, from noon to 4 p.m. today in the quad at El Camino Real High School, 5440 Valley Circle Blvd. Food sellers, providers of personal services and individual vendors from throughout Woodland Hills will attend. Admission is $1 for students and adults, free for children younger than 12. Retired geology professor Gene Fritsche is leading a series of fundraising hikes for the Geological Sciences Department at California State University, Northridge. The 10 hikes began Thursday near the Newhall Pass and will end June 19 at Cajon Pass. “Because the cost of education today is so high, many geology students need financial aid if they’re going to complete their degrees in a timely fashion and become the geologists of the future,” said Fritsche, 69, who retired in 2000. Send checks made out to the CSUN Foundation, with Geology Endowment in the memo line. Mail them to the Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8266. For more information on the hikes, see www.csun.edu/~hcgeo007/sgmhikeindex.htm. Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, an oncologist who lives in Woodland Hills, was the recipient Saturday of the David A. Karnovsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award recognizes those who have changed the way doctors think about the general practice of oncology through clinical research. Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with tumors. Slamon is a professor of medicine, chief of the division of hematology/oncology and executive vice chairman for research at the UCLA Department of Medicine. He’s written or co-written more than 150 scientific publications, and President Bill Clinton appointed him to the President’s Cancer Panel in 2000. The Karnovsky award is named for a pioneer in the field of oncology. The Community Column is published Sundays. Submit items via e-mail to [email protected]; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!