Jockey William Buick was aboard the Mark Johnston-trained Permian in Saturday's Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park when the colt suffered a fatal breakdown shortly after the wire. Buick, conscious but in pain, was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Northwest Community Hospital, and according to racingpost.com he was diagnosed with a fractured T-12 vertebrae in his lower back.
Early reports indicated that Buick's injury would not require surgery to repair, and that he would be able to return to Britain in the coming days. He will be out of the saddle for some time.
“I spoke to William at what must have been about 4 am his time and it was exactly as had been reported in Daily Racing Form,” said Buick's father, William Buick Sr. “He'd had some sleep and was in great spirits, with no surgery required. He was waiting on a further scan but the doctor had told him that if they were happy with it he would be on a plane home.”
Read more at racingpost.com.
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