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Updates On Alberta Drivers

Published: May 20, 2021 10:52 am ET

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Trot Insider has learned more regarding the statuses of drivers Daryl Thiessen, Nathan Sobey and Dave Kelly, all of whom were injured in accidents during recent racing activity at Century Downs.

Sobey and Thiessen suffered injuries during the 2021 season opener at Century Downs on Tuesday (May 18).

Thiessen, driving Crush Me, who fell from the pocket after failing to avoid the breaking pacesetter, Lost Control, was impacted from behind by a trailing horse and suffered a fractured and dislocated femur and shattered collarbone. He confirmed via his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon (May 19) that his femur and collarbone were both surgically reconstructed:

"They put a nail through my femur and plated my collarbone ... feel pretty good, actually," the 31-year-old reinsman wrote.

Thiessen also relayed a report from Crush Me's co-owner and trainer, Brent Bodor, that the filly is "up and doing OK" after the accident.

Sobey, who drove Sintaluta and was unable to avoid contact with Thiessen on the backstretch, was discharged from hospital Tuesday night with a concussion, writing that he was "pretty beat up, but everything is still intact."

Driver Dave Kelly was unseated after the wire in the fifth qualifier on Wednesday (May 19) at Century Downs. Kelly told Trot Insider that Shales Storm shied away from something on the track and "came right across to take my legs out."

Early reports indicate that Kelly suffered a mild concussion and possibly a broken wrist, with further medical reports on the injured arm to be relayed on Thursday.

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