Apprentice W. Hughes Hurt In Fall at Lincoln Downs, Daily Racing Form, 1949-05-02


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Apprentice W. Hughes Hurt In Fall at Lincoln Downs LINCOLN DOWNS, Lincoln, R. I., April 30. — The first accident of the Lincoln Downs meeting to have serious consequences occurred today during the running of the seven-furlong third race when apprentice Wilfred Hughes fell with his mount, Anthony Graffagninis So Very, rounding the first turn. So Very was racing seventh in the field of 10, and being caught in close quarters while negotiating the curve, stumbled and fell. Hughes struck the ground heavily when unable to free himself from the saddle, and suffered at least two fractures of the left shoulder, a deep gash over his left eye and internal and external injuries when the mare stepped on his groin in her struggle to arise. The 21 -year-old product of Lowell, Mass., who is contract rider for the successful Donna Ray Stable, was removed at once to Woonsocket Hospital in nearby Woonsocket.

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