Baffert Assistant Jimmy Barnes Suffers Fractured Pelvis In ‘Freaky’ Training Incident

by | 09.17.2017 | 6:28pm
Asst. trainer Jimmy Barnes, shown with American Pharoah at Churchill Downs prior to the Preakness

Long a top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Jimmy Barnes can usually be seen accompanying his equine charges across the world on a lead pony. On Sunday, according to drf.com, the pony 58-year-old Barnes was riding stumbled and unseated him.

Barnes was transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a fractured pelvis. How long he will remain hospitalized was not certain.

“He stumbled,” Baffert said. “The pony lost his footing. He just went down. It was a freaky thing.”

Barnes is best known for working alongside Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. He is the husband of fellow Baffert employee Dana Barnes, the regular exercise rider of Arrogate.

Read more at drf.com.

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