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Jacquie Ingrassia hurt in White Birch accident

05:09 AM 15 Jun 2019 NZST
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Jacquie Ingrassia

Lexington, KY — Jacqueline Ingrassia, 72, one of the harness racing sport’s all-time leading female drivers and a USTA director, is recovering from injuries suffered in a training accident Thursday morning (June 13) at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.

According to friend Lella Montgomery, Ingrassia got hurt when the horse she was jogging shook the bridle off and took off, throwing her into the barn. While the horse was not hurt, Ingrassia suffered several injuries, including two broken wrists, a broken finger and stitches on her face. She also incurred laceration on her liver and brain bleeding.

Montgomery said Ingrassia is expected to undergo surgery shortly to repair the damage.

Ingrassia’s 1,151 career victories is the third most by a female driver, behind only Bea Farber, who posted 1,801 wins, and Mary MacDonald, who has 1,445 victories. Ingrassia’s career purse earnings stand at $6.39 million. In 2000 she became the first and still only woman to win the Yonkers Trot, the milestone coming in the Triple Crown race with Goalfish.

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