In Saturday evening's second race at Charles Town, apprentice jockey Jenn Miller had Green Time on the lead turning for home. The 4-year-old gelding leveled off in the final sixteenth, finishing in fifth place, but then broke down shortly after crossing the wire. Green Time had to be euthanized as a result of his injuries.
Trainer David Nunn, who helped Miller get her start in the Thoroughbred industry, reported on Facebook that the 32-year-old jockey suffered a broken jaw in two places as a result of the fall. She was airlifted to Virginia's Winchester Medical Center, and it was determined that she had a severe concussion with two locations of bleeding in her brain. One of those spots has already dissipated, Nunn stated, and the other has not changed in size.
“She is drifting in and out of consciousness,” Nunn wrote. “They are going to operate on her jaw sometime today. They are not going to wire it shut, instead they are going to put plates in the two places that are broken.”
Originally a Grand Prix dressage rider, according to thoroughbreddailynews.com, Miller first took a job on the track as a favor to Nunn. She began galloping the racehorses shortly thereafter, and took a job with trainer Joe Sharp and his wife Rosie Napravnik in February of 2016. Miller rode her first race for Sharp in October at Keeneland, finishing sixth, and got her first win two months later at Parx Racing.
To date, Miller has won 53 races from 447 starts, riding primarily on the Mid-Atlantic circuit.
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