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Christoforou On Recent Accident

Published: August 12, 2020 9:13 pm ET

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Ten days after sustaining a broken ankle and hand in an on-track accident at Woodbine Mohawk Park, driver Chris Christoforou appeared at the Campbellville, Ont., racetrack to discuss his recovery. Christoforou was affected in a chain reaction incident in the fifth race at Mohawk on Aug. 1, unseated from Yacht Seelster at the top of the stretch. And while he was able to walk off the track on his own power, he did suffer minor fractures in his extremities.

"It's great to be here; it's nice to smell the horses and see the people here," Christoforou told Woodbine presenter Mark McKelvie. "My hand's got a tiny little fracture in it, and my ankle the same thing. It's going to be probably another two weeks, and then hopefully I'll be starting to get ready to drive then."

In addition to intensive therapy to expedite the healing process — "I've been lasering it twice a day for over a week now and then I start the oxygen therapy [Tuesday]; 10 days straight for two hours a day, and we'll go from there," Christoforou said — he is still doing his homework as it pertains to the local horse population.

"I watched races from Sweden all day; three different tracks until about four or five o'clock, and then I took a break," the winner of over 6,600 races recounted. "And then our races started, so I started watching that.

"Any time I've gotten injured, I think I think it's my job to keep up with things and make sure I'm aware of current events and how horses are racing and stay on top of everything."

If there's anything that has made the healing process easier for Christoforou, it's been the outpouring of support from the harness racing community, both on the Mohawk backstretch and from across North America.

"It's been unbelievable; I was shocked actually at the amount of people sending well wishes ... people that I've never met, people that are just fans of the game and I just want to say 'thank you' to everybody; it's been wonderful."

The full interview is available below.

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