The Suffolk Downs community is rallying around jockey Andria Terrill, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a spill at the track on July 8.
Trainer Jay Bernardini, who frequently hired Terrill, told Daily Racing Form that he is working with track management to start a fundraiser for the injured rider. Bernardini has contacted one of his owners, New England Patriots player Vince Wilfork, about getting an autographed jersey to raffle.
Jockeys' room custodian Fred Foley, took up a collection for Terrill and has already raised more than $1,000, including contributions from workers in the Bernardini barn.
Trainer Joseph Minieri had hired Terrill for a ride later in the day that she sustained her injuries. When the horse won, he donated what would have been Terrill's share of the purse to the growing fund.
Terrill spent eight days in the hospital after she was kicked in the head by a horse during the spill. She suffered three skull fractures, among other injuries. Friends say she is in good spirits and already talking about coming back to the track.
Read more at Daily Racing Form
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