On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 7 horses were involved were involved in what can only be described as a pile-up on Rosecroft Raceway (For Washington, MD). All the horses involved in the incident were uninjured, but three drivers went to Prince George’s County Hospital.

According to Rosecoft, the accident occurred in the one mile 5th race when the lead horse, Pinderonabender, driven by William Carter, took a bad step approaching the final three-eighths of a mile point of the race.    That started a chain reaction that involved seven of the nine horses in the race.

Carter has received stitches around his ears for cuts received and has three fractured vertebrae. Driver Donnie Russell has an internal wrist fracture and suffered a separated collarbone which was reset.  He was scheduled to have surgery later yesterday afternoon. Driver Justin Hite has a cracked heel and a broken bone in the top part of his foot.

The remainder of the drivers involved in the accident – George Polk, Jr., Justin Brenneman, Charles Perry, Jr. and Justin Vincent – all received medical attention following the race and did not require any further treatment.

WJLA ABC Channel 7 featured video of the accident (responsibly produced).

Standardbred trainer Craig Grotto describes the accident to NBC Channel 4.


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