Jockey Jack Gilligan Recovering From Nasty Spill on Wednesday at the Fair Grounds

By Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team:

Jockey Jack Gilligan was in good spirits on Wednesday afternoon following a spill in the fourth race of the card.

Gilligan, 22, was sent to University of New Orleans Hospital after being unseated from his mount Super Silver, who jumped the rail while on the lead at the top of the stretch. The horse galloped out past the wire and appeared to be in good condition.

“He is talking and can move everything,” Gilligan’s agent Liz Morris said. “The x-rays came back clean, but (as of 6:30 p.m. CDT) we are still waiting for results of the scan. He’s in good spirits.”

Heading into Wednesday afternoon, Gilligan had won 25 races at the Fair Grounds meet and was 11th leading rider in terms of wins.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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