Leading jockey on the mend

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

The Assiniboia Downs' leading jockey is on the mend.

Alan Cuthbertson, who leads all jockey's this season with 18 wins, was run over by a horse earlier this week, leaving the veteran rider battered, bruised and at home in bed.

"It ran over my ribs," Cuthbertson explained from home yesterday. "It's kind of hard to get my breath right now.

"It's inevitable that you are going to have accidents in this game." He hopes to get back to the track today and ride tonight in the four races he is scheduled to compete in.

"I am hoping by the weekend it's going to be OK," he assessed.

The senior in the jockey's locker room at the Downs, Cuthbertson counts on his experience against some of the upstart jockeys in Winnipeg this summer.

"I have been around the track a little bit more than them, so I do have the experience edge," he said.

"I get a little bit smarter about it I guess. So far it's all working out and my age hasn't been a factor at all.

AMERICAN IMPORTS: While Canadian women flock with their purses to the United States to find the best deals on shopping trips because of the Canadian dollar approaching par with the American dollar, there could be a large influx of American horse breeders that will begin coming to Canada for a different kind of purse.

The favourite heading into last weekend's Golden Boy Stakes, Western Deed, and this weekend's Chantilly Stakes, Des Moines, both were imported from the States in the week before the race. Trainer Jared Brown, who is tending to Des Moines this week, says it could be a trend that will continue and grow.

"They are almost running for the same money here or there," Brown said. "In the past you could run for $40,000 and the purse would really only be $30,000 for you.

"When we get to (Manitoba) Derby Weekend and there's four stakes (races) in one day, I am sure we'll draw from the Canterbury (Minnesota) and Prairie Meadows (Iowa) type area that is not really that far away. A $100,000 in the Derby is $100,000 US, just about right now."

49 CENTS: Assiniboia Downs will hold its 49 birthday bash on Sunday. To celebrate, coffee, slushies, popcorn, hot dogs, canned drinks, tip sheets and clubhouse admission will each cost you a penny less than a pair of quarters.


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