Jockey Channing Hill will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering compression fractures in his lower back in a spill during Friday's second race at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark.
Hill was aboard Easy Street Stable's Muskoka Wonder for trainer Randy Morse in the one mile race for $16,000 claimers. The colt prompted the pace for the first six furlongs, then began to lose ground and fell while on the far turn. Muskoka Wonder was euthanized, according to Hill's agent, John Gasper.
Daily Racing Form reported that Hill was taken to CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs and remained there on Saturday. Gasper said Hill is “not in any pain.” An MRI is scheduled sometime Saturday, Gasper added.
A native of Nebraska, Hill, 32, began riding at Prairie Meadows in Iowa at the age of 16 and was an Eclipse Award finalist in 2005 as outstanding apprentice. His father, Allan, was also a jockey.
He's ridden eight winners during the current Oaklawn meet, the biggest of which came with Ten Broeck Farm's Kimari for trainer Wesley Ward in the Purple Martin Stakes on April 4.
Muskoka Wonder, an Ontario-bred son of Into Mischief, won the 2018 Clarendon Stakes at Woodbine as a 2-year-old for trainer Mark Casse. Off for nearly a year after undergoing throat surgery, he was winless in five starts after returning to the races in September 2019. He was claimed from Casse for $40,000 at Woodbine Dec. 15 and made three starts for Norman McKnight at Oaklawn this year. Morse claimed Muskoka Wonder for $16,000 on March 16 and was running him for the first time on Friday.
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