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Baillargeon Recovering After Accident


Published: May 5, 2012 9:34 am ET

Last Comment: May 8, 2012 10:10 am ET | 8 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Trot Insider has learned that top Canadian trainer Benoit Baillargeon is recuperating in hospital after undergoing surgery following a training accident on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old resident of Rockwood, Ont. was struck in the face by a filly’s front hoof after it reared up at his farm on Tuesday afternoon. Baillargeon’s daughter Sara told Trot Insider that he was taken to hospital following the incident, where he received 10 stitches to close a gash in his lip and right cheek and learned that he had fractured his upper jaw and cheekbone requiring surgery.

During surgery on Thursday afternoon, doctors discovered that in addition to the fractures there were multiple bone fragments on both sides of his nose. As a result of his injuries, four titanium plates and 16 screws were placed on his cheekbones and upper jaw and multiple wires were inserted in both his upper and lower jaw. Fortunately, doctors confirmed that he did not suffer any brain or nerve damage.

“He came out of surgery well,” Sara told Trot Insider on Friday evening. “Surgery is successful so far. As of right now dad is in the hospital until Saturday night hooked up to fluids and fluid antibiotics. He is up walking and talking. He had a few visitors today. Hopefully he will be able to come home Saturday night.”

Baillargeon will visit the surgeon next week for examination and removal of his stitches. He is expected to have the wires in his jaw removed within two to four weeks time.

“If the healing process runs smoothly he should be able to jog horses in two weeks,” said Sara, who added that watching pacing mare Racy Gal Hanover’s win in the fifth race at Woodbine Racetrack on Friday night helped put her father in good spirits. “He appreciated all the kind words that everyone sent. I brought him my laptop [Friday night] and we watched the races. He cheered ‘Racy’ across the finish line.”

Baillargeon, who is among the top five money earning trainers in Canada this year, has sent out 1,670 winners from his stable lifetime while banking over $25.6 million in purses.

Please join Standardbred Canada in wishing Baillargeon a full and speedy recovery.

May 8, 2012 - 10:10 amThat is a terrible

Carolyn Luff SAID...

That is a terrible misfortune. Hopefully you aren't in too much pain and recover quickly. All the Best.

Carolyn & Hal

May 6, 2012 - 9:43 amHello Ben, from what I read,

Hello Ben, from what I read, that filly realy gave you an uppercut,wish you a speedy recovery, glad to hear you are doing well, the old saying, IT'S HARD TO KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN,from a former Quebecer horseman. Good luck in the future Ron

May 5, 2012 - 11:23 pmBen; Get well soon. What

Rick Karper SAID...


Get well soon. What would Bet Night Live be without the Sandy Hawley/Ben Baillargeon show?

May 5, 2012 - 9:29 pmPrayers and Vibes for a fast

Prayers and Vibes for a fast recovery

May 5, 2012 - 6:45 pmBen is one of the most

Nunzio vena SAID...

Ben is one of the most dedicated and passionate individuals when it comes to horse racing. A short visit with him Friday morning just hours after his surgery proved no different, he was all business. I’m certain that all the support from his family, staff, friends and his love for the horses will help in his speedy recovery. Get well soon.

May 5, 2012 - 3:36 pmGood luck & a speedy

Peggy Powell SAID...

Good luck & a speedy recovery.Maybe Dwight & Dalton would cover for you.

Jack & Peggy Powell

May 5, 2012 - 2:20 pmHello Ben, Barry and I went

Ben Paniccia SAID...

Hello Ben,

Barry and I went to the barn today and heard the news. We are so glad you are recovering. You have been a real inspiration with your hard work and love for the animals. We are soo pleased to have you as a trainer. Get well soon and talk to you soon. You missed the coffee and muffins this morning.

May 5, 2012 - 12:57 pmBen: Very sorry to hear

reg higgs SAID...

Very sorry to hear about your accident.
We wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you at the track with lots of success this summer.
Reg and Donna Higgs

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