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Simard Injured In Rideau Accident

Published: May 10, 2013 2:31 am ET

Last Comment: May 11, 2013 10:54 am ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Veteran driver Richard Simard was taken to hospital following a scary-looking fall in Thursday’s eighth race at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Simard was cutting out the mile with a pacer named Air Current when suddenly his wheel got stepped on by the pocket-sitter and he was dislodged from his bike. As a result, Simard fell between the bike and his horse before getting trampled by a number of trailing horses.

Trot Insider has learned Simard was then transported to Ottawa General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken knee and broken ribs.

None of the other drivers involved in the race suffered injuries, and the all the horses from the race came away with no serious injuries.

Please join Standardbred Canada in wishing Richard Simard a speedy recovery.

The judges later declared Race 11 on the same card a ‘no contest’ as a result of a starting gate malfunction. The starter was in the process of releasing the field when the gate appeared to stall. As a result, there was confusion amongst the horses prompting the judges to declare the race a ‘no contest’.

To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Rideau Carleton Raceway.

May 11, 2013 - 10:54 amGreat driver. I'm sure he'll

Great driver. I'm sure he'll be back on the bike soon.

May 10, 2013 - 8:50 pmHey Sim, hope you're on the

Gord Brown SAID...

Hey Sim, hope you're on the mend soon. I'm sure you'll pick yourself up and dust yourself off and be back at it soon. It looked awfully scary and could have easily been avoided.


May 10, 2013 - 7:18 pmHey, ......Le "Chat" .......I

Hey, ......Le "Chat" .......I don't miss this part AT ALL!!! Hope you get better soon. Howard

May 10, 2013 - 1:54 pmFor sure he has used a few .

Jim Brewer SAID...

For sure he has used a few .

Get well soon. You deserve some good luck

May 10, 2013 - 10:09 amThe BLACK CAT has 9 lives, I

The BLACK CAT has 9 lives, I do not know how many he has used up, sure hope he has a few left. He's a tough little fella, he will return. My prayers are with you Richard. Give me a call.

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