Buick on the mend after fall
WiLLiaM BUiCK looks to have escaped serious injury after the tragic incident at the end of saturday’s grade one secretariat stakes at arlington which cost Permian his life. the Mark Johnston-trained colt had to be put down when he sustained a broken left leg in the mile-and-a-quarter feature at the Chicago track. Permian unseated Buick soon after the partnership finished in last place. the British rider was taken to Northwest Community Hospital complaining of back pain, which transpired to be a fractured t12 vertebra. Buick’s father Walter issued an upbeat bulletin yesterday, saying: ‘William is going to have a second scan as a precaution and hopefully they can get him on a flight home very soon. ‘it could have been an awful lot worse. i have spoken to him and he is in good spirits.’ Permian was one of the big stories of this year’s Classic generation, having won the Dante stakes at York and the King edward Vii stakes at Royal ascot. He earned over £400,000 in prize-money and won six of his 13 starts. sioUX NatioN yesterday handed aidan o’Brien a 16th victory in the Phoenix stakes at the Curragh, holding off the gordon elliott-trained Beckford by half a length. there was also group one glory for Frankie Dettori in France, where the italian jockey won aboard al Wukair in the group one Prix Jacques le Marois.
Horror: Buick was unseated by Permian