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US Jockey Survives Motorcycle Crash Then Rides 2 Winners

Friday, 11th May 2012

Friday Odd Spot: US jockey Perry Ouzts (all-time leading rider at River Downs in Oklahoma) survived a major crash on interstate highway 275 outside Cincinnati (his motorcycle was smashed by a car & thrown across 2 lanes) & "despite feeling a bit body sore, he drove to the track in time to ride the entire card & won with his first 2 mounts" to push his career victories to 5,860 reported bloodhorse.com. Ouzts, 57, explained: "I was just minding my business going 65 miles an hour & bam! The bike & I slid across 2 lanes & I just got into my crouch & rolled like you would in a racing spill, but that concrete is a lot harder. I stopped rolling, but I saw my bike still cruising along the emergency lane. After I got up & started feeling everything I felt great, especially while looking at my bike all mangled up." Ouzts had only "minor scrapes on his right leg & left hand" plus "swelling on the top of his right foot" but noted: "That's no big deal, like hitting it on the side of the starting gate. I really do feel blessed." Ouzts is "within 34 wins of passing US Hall-Of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey's total & becoming the 17th leading rider in number of wins in the history of thoroughbred racing".

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