Agent: Jockey Rene Douglas not likely to walk after racing accident

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Jockey Rene Douglas may be paralyzed after being thrown from his mount during a race at Arlington Park, his agent said.
Dennis Cooper said Douglas spent seven hours in surgery on Sunday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital and afterward doctors told him his client could not feel his lower limbs. Cooper said doctors won't know Douglas' status for certain until swelling reduces in about two weeks.
"They said he might not walk again ... he'll probably have use of his upper body, but they gave it to me straight that he's not likely to walk," Cooper told Bloodhorse.com.
Douglas was aboard Born to Be during Saturday's Arlington Matron Handicap when the horse clipped hooves with another horse and fell at the top of the stretch. Born to Be flipped and tossed Douglas over her head, then landed on him.
Jamie Theriot, the other horse's jockey, has been suspended for 30 days, according to stewards at Arlington Park. Theriot was riding Sky Mom, who was disqualified and placed last in the race for causing interference in the stretch.
Messages left by The Associated Press for Cooper and a hospital spokeswoman Monday were not immediately returned.
Douglas has nearly 3,600 North American victories, including the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna and the 1996 Belmont Stakes on Editor's Note. His mounts have earned more than US$102 million through Saturday.

Organizations: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, North American

Geographic location: ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Arlington Park, Chicago

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