Jockey William Buick is in hospital after his mount Permian died in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in the USA.
The Mark Johnston-trained colt had to be put down when the three-year-old son of Teofilo sustained a broken leg in the mile-and-a-quarter Grade One at the IL circuit. Buick, conscious but in pain, was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Northwest Community Hospital, and according to racingpost.com he was diagnosed with a fractured T-12 vertebrae in his lower back.
Charlie Johnston, who is also the Middleham handler's son, told Press Association Sport: "We've lost the horse".
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The tragic incident left Johnston's assistant trainer and son, Charlie, understandably shaken. "I've spoken to him today and he is in good spirits". He suffered a catastrophic fracture of his left fore. Walter Buick said on Sunday, "William is going to have a second scan and hopefully they can get him on a flight home later today".
Victor of the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the Dante at York, Permian had developed into a tough and classy performer, and was victorious on six of his 14 career starts. Permian was humanely euthanized'.