Popular Canterbury Park jockey paralyzed after Arizona race - KMSP-TV

Popular Canterbury Park jockey paralyzed after Arizona race

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Local horse racing fans are reeling from the news that a popular jockey from Canterbury Park was seriously injured after coming in second at a race in Phoenix, Ariz., this week.

Even in a sport that can be dangerous, the diagnosis is heartbreaking: Anne Von Rosen, one of a small number of women jockeys, was paralyzed in what's being called a freak accident.

On Thursday, Von Rosen underwent surgery, and those close to the situation say she is lucky to be alive.

Van Rosen was jockeying atop a white horse named Panchita Bonita at Turf Paradise in Phoenix on Tuesday, but once she crossed the finish line, something went horribly wrong.

Out of the views of the camera, the horse collapsed and fell on top of Von Rosen, pinning her 108-pound frame underneath its massive weight.

According to reports, Van Rosen's back was shattered and she required an emergency operation due to leaking spinal fluid. Now, she is paralyzed from the waist down.

Von Rosen spent the majority of her last 14 summers racing at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, and many there were consumed with concern when they learned she had been hurt.

"This is something," Canterbury Park spokesman Jeff Maday said. "The danger of racing -- you kind of put it in the back of your head. You don't think about it. You like to think of the good things that happen. When something as shocking as this happens -- these jockeys are risking danger every day, every time they get on the racehorse."

Before she was injured, Von Rosen told Fox 9's sister station in Phoenix that once you start racing horses, the adrenaline rush gets into your blood and it's hard to quit. Those in the horse racing business also said no one works harder than Van Rosen did, and many are sending thoughts and prayers to her tonight.

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