May 26, 2007 at 10:41 #1785pengamonMember
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British jockey Andrew Lakeman was critically injured in the 4th race at Belmont Park yesterday.
I can’t remember him from here but he’s ridden for friends in the US who’ve always said he was a good rider and a perfect gentleman.
Wishing him a speedy recoveryMay 27, 2007 at 09:11 #61738
Thats awful and a reminder what a truely tough occupation a jockey has.<br>Best wishes to him for a full recovery.May 27, 2007 at 09:37 #61739cormack15Keymaster
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A stark reminder of the ever present dangers within the sport.
Best wishes to him for a full and fast recovery.May 27, 2007 at 12:37 #61744VenusianParticipant
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Hope he pulls through. Flat falls are relatively uncommon compared with jump racing, but they’re so much worse when they happen. Fingers crossed.May 27, 2007 at 17:06 #61752racinggirlukMember
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This is from the Thoroughbred Times:
Jockey Andrew Lakeman, whose was injured in a spill in the fourth race on Friday at Belmont Park, remained critical but stable condition on Saturday while being treated for severe spine trauma at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
The 32-year-old Englishman primarily gallops horses in the mornings, but has ridden seven winners from 183 mounts since beginning race riding in 1995. Thirty-five of those mounts have come this year. He formerly worked for trainer Michael Dickinson in Maryland, but when Lakeman moved to New York, he found morning mounts and afternoon rides mainly for Allen Jerkens.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhen Andrew was admitted yesterday he was extremely unstable and had precipitously low blood pressure,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚ÂMay 27, 2007 at 18:40 #61753BurroughhillParticipant
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Oh streuth how terrible. That doesn’t sound promising does it? Let’s wish him all the very best.May 29, 2007 at 08:40 #61758
This from Newsdigger<br>NYtimes 27/5 0400
Jockey Andrew Lakeman remained in critical condition at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I., after suffering severe spine trauma in a two-horse spill at Belmont Park on Friday, according to New York Racing Association president Charles Hayward.
Hayward visited the injured jockey yesterday and reported that Lakeman, 32, is on a respirator but that his injuries have stabilized.
"I talked to one of the trauma physicians (Dr. John Platz) that attended to Andrew," Hayward said. "He was extremely unstable when he was admitted and lost a lot of blood. He had a precipitously low blood pressure. He didn’t suffer any head trauma. So there’s no appearance of a brain injury, but he did have severe spine trauma, the implications of which they’re not making any prognosis or projections."
Hayward said the doctors wouldn’t discuss with him whether Lakeman would be paralyzed from his injuries.
"He’s heavily sedated and still critical, but is stable and is certainly much improved from his situation when he was admitted," the NYRA chief said.
Hayward said the trauma team had to immediately give Lakeman two quarts of blood when he was admitted.
In addition to his spinal injuries, Lakeman suffered some chest fractures and was bleeding internally as a result of the spill.
Hayward said he had been in contact with Lakeman’s sister, Anna, who is in England, where the jockey is from. She got in touch with their parents, who were on vacation and who now are planning to come to New York.
Hayward also saw jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., who broke his left collarbone in the spill, and said he believed Arroyo would be released this morning.June 15, 2007 at 21:34 #61762
This today from the International Herald Tribune.
NEW YORK: Jockey Andrew Lakeman is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a fall during a race at Belmont Park last month, the Daily Racing Form reported.
The 32-year-old Lakeman was told by doctors at North Shore University Hospital on Wednesday he would never walk again, a friend of the jockey said in a report posted late Thursday on the Form’s Web site.
"Andrew was very frustrated, very angry, and very scared hearing this all of a sudden," said Tom Daughn, who told the Form he is a close friend of the jockey. "They needed to sedate him a little bit. I told him we’ll work through this."
The spill occurred May 25. Lakeman was thrown hard to the ground when his mount, Our Montana Dream, clipped heels with a horse in front of him.
Lakeman also fractured his sternum, punctured a lung, broke several ribs and has pneumonia, Daughn told the Form.<br>On Wednesday, the Backstretch Employee Service Team established the Andrew Lakeman Assistance Fund to help offset his medical expenses.June 16, 2007 at 10:07 #61765Nor1Member
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Very sad news for Andrew Lakeman and his family but let’s hope he makes a better recovery than predicted at present.June 16, 2007 at 14:01 #61767cormack15Keymaster
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Very, very sad news. I echo Nor1’s comment.June 17, 2007 at 07:44 #61768carlisleMember
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<br>At one and the same it is both hard and easy to imagine Andrew’s plight. There is always hope.August 15, 2007 at 20:28 #4864pengamonMember
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The Saratoga jockeys played a basketball game against the No 5 nationally ranked 5th grade high school team in Saratoga last Thursday winning 44-39 to raise funds for Andrew Lakeman-with members of Andrew’s family present to see the game.
The jockeys used brute force to knock the hell out of the kids-especially Kent Desormeaux who was playing like a wild man.
At least 12 of the leading owners and many trainers in the US supported the game and the 5th grade team was there sponsored in a way by WinStar Farm.
Andrew is improving and hopes to come up to Saratoga before the end of the met.
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