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Schwarz – All Okay

Young jockey escapes serious injury

Jockey Denis Schwarz, who took a terrible fall at Turffontein on Wednesday evening in the running of the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas when his mount Al Borak broke down, looks to be on the road to recovery.

His Stepfather Pieter Brown told the Sporting Post earlier today that all scans are clear and that the Doctors were waiting for the Specialist to check Denis’ neck.

“But all looks good and we will keep you informed. We appreciate the interest,” he said.

Al Borak was humanely euthanased.

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10 comments on “Schwarz – All Okay

  1. Lazarus says:

    Is it necessary to put them down? Surely in this day n age there must be alternatives

  2. Mike Potts says:

    when a horse breaks a leg the most humane thing to do is put it down. Horses can’t remain immobile for months

  3. cruisoe says:

    I think its because of their weight a horse needs all four legs to spread their weight – and there is a very small chance of a successful recovery when they break a leg because of the amount of shock these legs absorb during running

  4. marcel says:

    Somebody needs to sit up and take note. Two horses broke down this week on S.A. tracks. Surley there must be a investigation . Horses dont just brake down. What maintenance is done and who checks that the work has been done. Please dont tell me these things happen. A trainer or a jock will not let a horse race if it is not sound. It is a sick feeling when one sees this. Owners and trainers have spent money and hours getting a horse ready for a race. Then have a horse break its legs due to it stepping in a hole is not acceptable. Somebody must be held accountable. No mention at all was given in this concern.Easy for all to make as if these things happen because you work with live stock but my question is could this have been prevented if proper care was taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of horse and jock. Or do we just accept that these things happen and sweep it under the carpet. As mentioned by a comment it is a lot of pressure due to weight on horses legs therefore every responsible person working on the courses must be held accountable.

  5. Editor says:

    Note just received from Pieter Brown, Denis’ Stepdad

    ‘Good news – Denis has been released from hospital’

  6. sandra omar says:

    I find it very hard to stomach as well that one sees this horrific accident happen and then no mention is made of either jockey or horse. Everybody is laughing and smiling and one is left with a sick feeling in your stomach for so long and all the smiling continues and a brief little comment is made. I understand that they try to protect the public from the doom and gloom but what type of society do we live in that not a mention is made that can at least put one at rest immediately. I am a keen follower of Dennis and was horrified and left speechless that it took so long to be given a brief comment while the world just continued and not a mention by the commentators, all smiling as if nothing had happened, not that one wants to take anything away from the winning jockey but surely to goodness a bit of commentary will be more of a help that a harm and as for the poor horse and its trainers and owners who must be heartbroken!! SHOCKING!!! Thank God Dennis is ok and well and spare a thought for that beautiful animal Al Borak may you rest in peace, life too short!!! Surely there should be a shift in the way these issues are dealt with and commented on and surely the commentators should be more humanitarian and not all smiley and laughing as if nothing under the sun had happened!!!

  7. PL.NEL says:

    Man has right to enjoy and duty to be humane to all animals. Race Horses quite often enjoy racing and owners pay well to enjoy them racing.
    Americans destroy approx. 45million dogs every year.. much bigger topics to focus on.
    Right , open season 😑

  8. marcel says:

    P.L.Nel you are a (*edited). If you read my post you would have realised its about the conditions of the track and people not doing what they get paid to do. No feedback or explanation from any responsible person why this happened. Just gets swept under the carpet. The least they could do is give answers.

  9. Mashie says:

    Marcel – you are assuming it’s the track …. there are many other factors but I don’t need to explain them as you have clearly made up your mind. Assumptions….

  10. marcel says:

    Mashie i do except other factors, not ignorent at all. All i am saying is every measure must be taken to safeguard the horses and their wellbeing not even mentioning the jocks safety. Surley if two horses brake down in one night at the same course it must be cause for concern. Only logic

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