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Julia Brimo with her 2003 Sovereign award as top Canadian apprentice jockey.

Jockey Julia Brimo injured in a spill at Keeneland

October 31, 2009

Canadian-born jockey Julia Brimo was seriously injured on Friday in a spill during the first race at Keeneland. Her mount Golden Stride clipped heels and fell on the far turn and while another horse stumbled over them, he appeared to miss Brimo. Golden Stride didn't appear injured and got up and galloped to the finish afterwards.

Brimo, 33, used to ride at Woodbine and won the Sovereign Award in 2003 as best apprentice jockey in Canada, when she rode 75 winners and the earners of more than $2.7 million. Brimo has a total of 163 winning rides from 1,612 mounts in her career with more than $5.5 million in purses earned. Recently she had worked as an exercise rider for Canadian trainer Mark Casse in Kentucky and Louisiana.

Julia Brimo aboard 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill in the morning before the 2008 Breeders' Cup.

Brimo was sent to the hospital in Lexington where they found she had a cracked vertebra in her low back, but she was reportedly able to move her extremities. She is currently in intensive care in an induced coma because of recurring seizures, but a CAT scan came back OK so hopefully she won't have any serious problems.

Brimo rode at Woodbine and Fort Erie through 2006 then stopped race-riding to work for Casse as an exercise rider. Among the horses she rode in the mornings were Canadian horse of the year Sealy Hill. She rode in races occasionally during the last three years, completely sitting out 2008, and returned to part-time race-riding this year in Kentucky. She had a win at Turfway Park on October 4, her first since September 2007 and her only one from 10 mounts so far in 2009.

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