Harness-racing driver seriously hurt
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 1:58p.m.
An Auckland harness-racing driver is in a serious condition in hospital after being knocked unconscious during a race at Alexandra Park as family members watched on.
Frank Cooney, who is in his 60s and has more than 40 years industry experience, was thrown from the sulky pulled behind the horse during the first race of the night about 6:30pm yesterday.
"I think Frank's horse has basically hit a cart in front of the horse and the horse has fallen onto the track and Frank's been catapulted from the sulky, hit by another horse, then hit the track," park racing manager Kevin Smith said.
"This kind of thing is very infrequent but I guess when you're racing a horse this kind of thing can happen."
Mr Cooney's sister-in-law and other family members were watching the race and witnessed the accident.
His wife was at his bedside last night, Mr Smith said.
Mr Cooney is being treated at Auckland City Hospital and is in a serious but stable condition, a hospital spokesman said this morning.
He was put into an induced coma last night but a CT or head scan showed his condition was "looking pretty positive", Mr Smith said.
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14/07/2012 9:16:11 p.m.
Go Vegan! wrote:
What about the horse he was forcing to run? how is he or she?
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