Harness racing driver Ray Fisher Jr. spent Friday night at the Erie County Medical Center after he was injured in an accident during the third race of Buffalo Raceway’s program on Friday night.
Fisher suffered two broken vertebrae and a fractured pelvis, but the injuries will not require surgery. Jim Mango, chief operating officer of Buffalo Raceway, said Fisher will need five weeks off.
Fellow driver Jack Flanigen was examined and released from the hospital on Friday. Flanigen was said to be merely sore from his fall to the track.
My American Tallia was leading the race at the top of the stretch when the horse broke stride and swerved into Sweetnsinful. That caused a chain reaction involving two other horses.
Drivers Andrew McCarthy and Jimmy Whittemore were fine and drove in races later on Friday night. None of the horses involved in the incident were reported to be injured.