Jockey Frankie Pennington found his way back to the winner's circle on Saturday at Parx, less than one month after a scary spill in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Pennsylvania track's leading rider won the fifth race on Saturday, piloting Champions Maternal to a 7 3/4-length triumph for trainer John Servis.
In the Kentucky Jockey Club, Pennington and his mount Diamond King raced between Gotta Go and Givemeaminit into the first turn. Diamond King appeared to clip heels with those rivals and Pennington was dropped; the jockey required surgery for “a small issue” the day after the spill, according to Diamond King's trainer Robert “Butch” Reid Jr. According to press releases from Churchill Downs, Pennington suffered a superficial cut on his face and complained of groin pain after the fall.
Pennington, who began race riding in 2003, has 2,181 wins from 12,164 starters in his career, with more than $58.8 million in purse earnings.
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