St Moritz White Turf: ‘Crack In The Ice’ Causes Horse Breakdown, Jockey Head Injury

by | 02.26.2017 | 4:57pm

The annual St Moritz White Turf event is a series of races staged on a frozen lake covered by snow, and has been a popular meet for over a century. On Sunday, according to The Guardian, officials discovered a hole in the ice after a horse fell about a furlong from the finish, breaking both front legs. The horse then fell onto his rider, jockey George Baker, who suffered a head injury that caused him to fall unconscious for a time. Baker was airlifted to a local trauma unit, where he remains in the intensive care unit.

“George has woken up and, with the hospital releasing that news, I can only imagine they are pleased with his progress,” said agent Guy Jewell. “He'd already had a CT scan and that has come back clear. They will obviously need to check that everything is working properly, and his wife is on her way out there.”

Two following runners were also caused to fall, but they and their jockeys were all reported to be fine. Baker's mount, Boomerang Bob, was euthanized.

“After thorough investigation by the persons responsible for White Turf,” read a statement released by the track, “a crack in the ice had occurred on the inner rails in the direction of the racetrack, some 150 metres from the finishing line. This meant that water had come up to undermine the racetrack.”

Read more at The Guardian.

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