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Shepherd: I'll Be Ready For Summer

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Published: March 12, 2009 10:46 am ET

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Mary Ormsby of The Toronto Star has spoken with Robert Shepherd, injured in the March 2 accident at Woodbine Racetrack, regarding his progress and cheating death twice in one week.

Shepherd broke his right leg in the incident -- which received a wealth of mainstream media attention -- and also had to deal with another frightening development.

Ormsby's article explains that fatty marrow globules had escaped from Shepherd's broken tibia and began attacking his lungs. As a result, Shepherd couldn't breathe properly and remained in intensive care, heavily sedated and on oxygen, until he was stable.

A titanium rod and screws were surgically inserted into Shepherd's leg. The young reinsman is itching to get back on the track. "I'll be ready for (the) summer (standardbred season) if I have anything to do with it," he said.

To read the The Toronto Star article in its entirety, click here.

(With files from The Toronto Star)

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