Jockey Dean Butler Suffers Spinal Fractures In Friday Spill At Canterbury

by | 07.04.2017 | 1:35pm
Jockey Dean Butler with his father (left) and trainer Bernell Rhone

Jockey Dean Butler is out of commission indefinitely after a fall at Canterbury Park on Friday, reports The veteran, leading rider at Canterbury in 2016, went to the ground when his mount Valeski broke down in the fourth race.

Butler suffered compression fractures of three vertebrae in his spine, but the injuries did not require surgery to repair. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated by the doctor in a month's time, after which he will have a better idea of when he might return to the saddle.

“It could have been career-ending,” said agent Pete Antonucci, explaining how lucky Butler had gotten.


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