Three-Horse Fall Mars Opening Race at Ascot: Jockey A. Shelton Suffers Back Injury and Fracture of Ribs, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-04


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Three-Horse Fall Mars Opening Race at Ascot Jockey A. Shelton Suffers Back Injury and Fracture of Ribs ASCOT PARK, Northampton, Ohio, June 2. — A three-horse spill that occurred during the running of the first race on todays inaugural program at this three-quarters of . a mile course brought an unwelcome thrill to the crowd of about 5,000 that turned out to view the first program of this 43-day meeting under a broiling sun that shone down through cloudless skies. Jockeys Alex Shelton, Lou Piker and Billy Taylor figured in the mishap, in which B. E. Fannings mare,. La Pacifica, received a broken shoulder and was later humanely destroyed. Shelton and piker were rushed to" the St. Thomas Hospital in nearby Akron, where attending physicians announced that Shelton was suffering from one, or more fractured ribs and back injuries. Piker appeared not to be seriously injured, but he was held for further observation. Taylor was shaken up, but otherwise uninjured. Ji O. Carusos Post Boy was sent to the front at the very beginning of this race by jockey Clarence Wright, and he remained there throughout the six and one-half furlongs journey to score as the first winner of the meeting. The favorite, R. E. Spicers Baylette, was one of the three horses that fell, while Post Boy was the second choice. He paid .20. G. P. Smarts Cairness completed the second half of the Daily Double by capturing the second sprint in a .driving finish over Miss I. Murphys Vinita Dixie. Cairness was ridden by F. Wilcox. She was also second choice in the wagering, returning a-straight mutuel of .40 and rounding out the Double that rewarded 0.00.

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