Local jockey critically injured at Ind. horse track

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - The Hoosier Park casino and horse track says a jockey from South Carolina was critically injured when his horse crashed into a railing as it crossed the finish line during a quarterhorse race.

Hoosier Park general manager of racing Brian Elmore said in a statement that 27-year-old Richard Gilliard of Hollywood, S.C., was injured Tuesday night when his horse, MCM He Be Azoomin, drifted to one side and collided with a gate railing as it crossed the finish line.

Hoosier Park spokesman Grant Scharton said Gilliard remained in critical condition Wednesday at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis. Gilliard's family is traveling from South Carolina to be with him in Indianapolis.

He was injured during a 350-yard dash for 2-year-old quarter horses at the track in Anderson just northeast of Indianapolis.

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