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Santa Anita & Pincay Settle Lawsuit
In the US, California's Santa Anita Park "has settled a lawsuit brought by retired jockey Laffit Pincay junior stemming from the career-ending injury the rider suffered in March 2003" for a "7-figure sum", reported bloodhorse.com. The suit (which was to have gone to trial on May 9) charged Santa Anita with "negligence in not having a doctor present at the time the injury occurred, not giving the on-site ambulance crew proper instruction, & for problems with the turf course on which the spill occurred". Pincay's attorney Neil Papiano declared: "We are very pleased with the settlement!" Santa Anita president Ron Charles noted: "This was such an unfortunate event & we're happy to put it behind us. We're all big fans of Laffit & now everybody can move on." Pincay was forced to retire at age 56 after it was found he had sustained 2 fractures to the cervical II bone in his neck. The US Racing-Hall-Of-Fame rider won 9,519 races (more than any other jockey in North American history). Pincay was thrown to the ground when his mount Trampus Too clipped heels with another runner; the suit charged that "instead of having his neck immobilised, Pincay was allowed to get up, walk around, & subsequently was driven in the ambulance to Santa Anita's first aid station, where he was treated by a physician's assistant who manipulated his neck & told him it was alright to return home. Pincay did not find out the seriousness of his injury until 2 days later."