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Waples recovering
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 - by Jeff Renton, media/communications, the Woodbine Entertainment Group

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Campbellville, ON --- Driver Randy Waples, seriously injured in a racing accident at Mohawk Racetrack, is still recovering in Milton Hospital after having been thrown to the track in a three-horse accident this past Sunday evening.

Randall Waples (WEG)

Randall Waples

"He's actually in pretty good spirits, considering, because he's got a really good sense of humor," Waples' wife, Angela, said Tuesday morning. "He's a little better, but he's still got two broken elbows, two broken wrists, and some carpal bones in his hands are broken.

"He's got casts about three-quarters of the way up his arms and right down to his fingertips," Angela Waples said.

Waples, a Milton, Ont. resident, who has driven the winners of 4,258 races and the winners of nearly almost $58 million, was aboard the 3-year-old gelding Don't Make Waves when Sudburysatrdaynite, driven by Keith Oliver, suddenly took a bad step in front of them on the final turn and fell to the track.

Waples and fellow driver Jack Moiseyev, driving Object Of Art, were behind Oliver and couldn't avoid the accident.

The three horses involved appeared to escape the incident without any serious injuries, but, after each hit the track the drivers received the worst of it.

Both Oliver and Moiseyev were able to get up under their own power, but Oliver sustained a broken collarbone and Moiseyev sustained a serious laceration to his forearm, which required 15 staples.

Waples was transported to a hospital, where he has since remained; he celebrated his 41st birthday at the hospital on Monday, July 31.

"He had the neck brace taken off late last night, but I haven't spoken to the orthopedic (surgeon) since he took it off, so I don't know a whole lot about that yet," Angela Waples said, referring to concerns about possible soft tissue damage in Randy Waples' neck. "I think they still think that they think that there might be some damage there, but obviously they're not as concerned if they took (the brace) off him."

Miraculously, Waples will not have to go under the knife; Dr. Markus Bischoff told Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider that "Randy broke both wrists and elbows and luckily will not require any surgery." Bischoff also said that Waples "will be out at least eight weeks."

"At this point I am tired but thankful I will need no surgery," Waples said in the same article. He will remain in the Milton Hospital until Wednesday.

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