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Jockey Kent Desormeaux remained hospitalized Tuesday with a fractured rib and a bruised lung after being kicked by a horse on Sunday at Santa Anita.
According to the Daily Racing Form, Desormeaux will be sidelined indefinitely as a result of his injuries, which occurred before the eighth race. The 44-year-old rider was unseated in the post parade and was subsequently kicked in the chest by the 2-year-old filly, She’s a Big Winner.
Desormeaux was scheduled to ride stakes winner Merit Man in the upcoming G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Fiftyshadesofgold, last year’s Texas Champion 2 Year Old Filly, has been retired from racing.
The filly ran in the Grade 3 Dogwood S. at Churchill Downs on September 20th and came back sound after the race. However, her foreleg swelled up mid-week and an ultrasound revealed a significant tear in her left fore suspensory.
“She was certainly one of the best I’ve ever trained. She was the total package—a grand individual, was very fast and could carry it, a great mind and a big heart to go with it,” said trainer, Bret Calhoun. “I regret that she didn’t get the grade 2 stake win when she had the rough trip last summer in the Adirondack at Saratoga; and didn’t get the grade 1 win in the Test when she drew the tough inside post and was beaten a length and two noses.”
Bred by the late Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., Fiftyshadesofgold was born and raised at his Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas. The filly is now owned and raced by Scharbauer’s son, Douglas.
“Of course I’m disappointed that her racing career is over, but more than that, I’m so glad that she is sound and can go on to the breeding shed,” said Scharbauer. “Given her talent and looks, I think she will make a great broodmare.”


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