Author's Note: From the Chicago Sun-Times, May 26, 2009
Sources reported that jockey Rene Douglas has remained paralyzed from the waist down in the intensive-care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The champion reinsman was hurt when his Born to Be clipped heels late in the Arlington Matron on Saturday.
He underwent seven hours of surgery to repair injuries to his back and neck. Hope remains that he may regain the use of his legs.
Arlington stewards announced that Kentucky-based Jamie Theriot -- the jockey who allegedly prompted Douglas' fall -- will be suspended 30 days. An appeal remains possible.