Update On MacDonald; Accident At Mohawk

Published: May 26, 2011 11:25 pm EDT

On Thursday, May 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, a two-horse accident occurred during the tenth race, and a result two drivers were unseated and sent to hospital


If I Didnt Care, driven by Jody Jamieson was closing for second in the stretch when the three-year-old filly made a break, stumbled and caused interference to a number of horses. Most of the field was able to avoid Jamieson and his mount, but Dancers Cam and driver Mark MacDonald could not avoid collision and as a result he was hurled from his bike.

Jamieson was able to walk off the track under his own power and later went to Guelph hospital for x-rays on his shoulder.

MacDonald was transported via ambulance to Hamilton General Hospital. Trot Insider learned that MacDonald suffered multiple facial fractures and had went for a CAT scan.

Curtis MacDonald told Trot Insider Friday morning that, "(Mark MacDonald) is currently in the hospital with a broken nose, broken jaw and lost most of his teeth --- also had his chin stitched as well as his upper lip. Unknown if his right forearm and left wrist are broken yet."

There were conflicting reports Thursday night as to whether MacDonald suffered a separated shoulder or not. Anthony MacDonald told Trot Insider early Friday afternoon that he saw Mark and that his "nose is broken, but not squashed like it looked last night. (His) jaw is broken, but we don't know how badly until he gets a special x-ray. His shoulder was dislocated, so they are both bad now, but no life-threatening injuries. He certainly is an unlucky kid. I've never seen a human endure so much pain."

The horses involved in the accident appeared to have escaped serious injury.

Additional details will be posted when they become available.

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

(With files from WEG)



Wishing you a very speedy recovery from all your admirers in Australia.

With your positive attitude you will be back. If your determination for recovery is as great as your driving we will see you back at the track again soon. Use all of your determination and drive to get better because this is a race you WILL win.

Mike and Trina

Dear Mark & jody,we are praying for you.love and blessings Renzo & Chiara Longo

I wish Mark a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the track again soon.

Harness racing is and always has been a difficult and dangerous sport. Spills and mishaps occur daily. Hope for a speedy recovery to all those that succumb to injury do to the near misses and altercations that do occur.

That was an unfortunate accident to both Mark and Jody and wish them both a speedy recovery. Cudos to other drivers for there remarkable instincts to react so quickly.

Get Well Mark. You drive a lot of Horses, but still, you have been in some terrible accidents for a young fellow. You will be back as you were from the time in London, You are one tough guy. All the best Tim

Mr MacArthur you obviously missed the points of my comment and for the record I was not hijacking anything. Your comment is very ironic because my whole point was that I WAS putting Mark's well being ahead of everything.I was simply responding to Mr. Guthries comments and it is he who in my opinion hijacked this thread by using it to take a veiled shot at us gamblers. Why would anyone feel the need to somehow equate such a serious incident with how a gambler criticizes a drive? What exactly is the connection that he felt the need to make such a point. I understand that most of you consider Mark a friend and it is nice to see all these people wishing him well. We "gamblers" are people too and we don't wish to see such incidents.When I saw the headline of the accident I went and watched the video and after having seen it and how serious it was the first thing I thought about was that it was a very serious incident and I hoped mark was ok (I knew Jody was). So I silently said a prayer in my office for Mark and sent my best wishes which was on my earlier post. So I do take exception at you for accusing me of hijacking this thread. Had you scrolled down you would've seen my first and only intended comment on this thread which was to wish Mark a speedy recovery.
However when someone uses this same thread to take a shot at us "so called gamblers" which by the way are the lifeblood of your industry I will not stay silent.
Your comments are another example of how many of you so called horsepeople rather then thanking us so called gamblers often seem to show only contempt for us.
Oh and by the way I used to be an owner of a few trotters and a pacer.
So I don't speak as just a gambler. I would also venture to say that many of you so called horsepeople have placed a wager or two . Guess that makes you a nobody like me.

Mark as with Steve I wish you nothing but a return to vibrant health.

a gambler.

Very well said Mr MacArthur. This is supposed to be a GET WELL forum or wishes for Mark.

All the best to Mark & Jody for a full and speedy recovery. I am hoping to see you both back racing very soon. Take care and get well soon. Dale Leiska

Keep your Chin up Mark your Tough Dude! can't wait to see you back at the Track we truly Are missing one hell of a competitor on that track, Speedy Recovery man!

Speedy recovery Mark, we will miss you this stakes season.
It is tough to see two of the best go down like that, or anybody for that matter.

Greg Parke

Wishing a speedy recovery to Mark Macdonald on behalf of all fans and bettors alike. Every person around me who saw the race was very concerned for Mark, Jody and the horses.I don't think horsemen realize the average fan's knowledge of racing and their appreciation of it. I saw Mark (although I don't know him personally) make his way up from "B" tracks to "Downtown" with great skill every step of the way. Mark is a huge talent and it is sickening to see how he has suffered so many times. Courage, Mr. Macdonald, rest assured, we empathyse with you.

Wish you a very speedy recovery, and a quick but healthy recovery to the track.

Mr. Guthrie I take strong exception to your comments. You are correct the average gambler does not know what drivers, jockeys, or for that matter any other person or cops included go through. Having said that when the sport you are in survives because and when you are able to earn a living because the "average gambler" like myself bets our hard earned dollars, criticism is fair game. You cannot ask us to wager our hard earned and in many cases large dollars and not be critical. That is human nature and and it is also fair. When I criticise a driver I criticise his particular drive on a horse or overall abilities. I do not criticise him as a person, nor do I criticise his family etc. I am well within what is considered reasonable and fair. I don't know of any gamblers however who take any particular pleasure in seeing what happened to Mark or any other dirver, jockey, horse or any human being for that matter.I was there when Avelino Gomez went down and to this day it saddens me. I may bet a lot of money but I and many other "average gamblers" get just as concerned when we see someone go down as any of you so called horse people.

In reply to by fantom

In all due respect Mr.Riga I am amazed that you would attempt to hijack a thread dealing with Mark's very serious accident. Most of us on this board count Mark as a friend and I for one would ask that you choose a different forum to express your current position...this is not the place or the time and not remotely about you or anyone other than Mark and his Family...period.

My prayers are with you and yours Mark.

Darryl MacArthur

So sorry to hear of your accident Mark. I wish you a Jody a very speedy recovey and sorry you will miss the Molson Cup Races.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Mark!! Our sport can be a dangerous one with serious injuries to our drivers and horses. Professionals such as you and Jody make what you do look so easy. Wishing you both the best... from the Belleville gang.

Our thoughts are with you Mark!!
Hope for a speedy recovery and see you in the bike soon.
Take it easy!!!

All the best to both on a full and speedy recovery. Good luck guys!

Speedy recovery buddy. You've come back from worse in the past and we all know you can get through it again. Take your time and heel.

The average gambler doesn't realize what you drivers go through on a nightly basis. They are all too eager to criticize. Again, show them how tough you really are.

Best of luck.

heres to a speedy recover to two of the nicest guys in the business. Get well soon.

Watched it happen, wasn't good at all.
Two of the best drivers in full control, in a sport that can be uncontrollable.
Speedy recovery to two great guys and safe trips for all.

I think it would be a great idea for fellow horsemen/women to get together and try to help Mark out financially while he is out of action. I'm certain that Mark will recover, however he won't be making much money laid up. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Deja vu of Mark's terrible accident at Western years ago. He was pretty beaten up then and was left with painful reminders. From the sounds of it, he has suffered similar injuries this time. My best wishes during his healing and recovery.

The average fan probably doesn't comprehend the speed at which these situations unfold. These drivers make it look so easy most of the time. Maritimers can be very proud of Mark and Jody and their accomplishments. Here is hoping they have a speedy recovery with no lasting effects.

Hoping for a speedy recovery as the sport needs great guys like yourself. Big Jim will be praying for you.

Sometimes we all take this business for granted and the dangers that come along with it and it takes unfortunate accidents like this to realize it.

Best wishes for a full recovery to both of you.

Gary Blackburn

Have something to say about this? Log in or create an account to post a comment.