Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Tampa Bay Downs jockey injured in fall

Four-time leading jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. will miss the remainder of the Tampa Bay Downs meet after suffering injuries in a spill Wednesday at Oldsmar.

Allen, 48, is recovering in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Downs spokeswoman Margo Flynn said Allen, the third-leading rider this season, has two broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a lacerated liver.

Allen was injured in the fifth race when his mount Noorelaine, who was chasing leader Ten Sweet Kisses in the stretch, clipped heels with the rival and fell. Allen tried unsuccessfully to hold onto the horse's neck before falling. Ten Sweet Kisses, ridden by top rider Daniel Centeno, was disqualified from second and placed last in the maiden race.

"The good news is that he's okay, he's moving all his limbs and the ribs will heal," Flynn said.

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