March 1, during the 4th race when his mount named Syeshacat a three year-old filly had a clear lead inside the quarter-pole, when she broke down. Her jockey, Terry D. Houghton, was taken to East Liverpool City Hospital then transferred to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital where he underwent surgery Sunday for a fractured collar-bone and three chipped vertebrates and is undergoing a second procedure today to make sure his neck and spine are alright.
Countless outpouring of prayers are going out via his Facebook page. The family is keeping all informed. The surgery Sunday went well so hopefully today’s procedure will prove successful for a Jockey that has had more than his fair share of serious injuries and set backs. At Great Lakes Downs in 2002 he suffered a sever brain injury during a spill that took a year of therapy to recover from.
Hopefully this latest injury will not be that bad but no doubt some time off and mending will need to take place.
Houghton accomplished his 5,000th career win last year a Thistle Downs. Now at 44 years old his body has taken a beating yet as those of us who have horses in our blood we know it’s a hard thing to give up. I just don’t want to see Terry end up sustaining an injury that could be irreversible and permanently damage his body.
Family, close friends and fans are praying for a fast and complete recovery. He’s a tough man who has gone through a lot only to come back and continue the winning. What ever decision he makes will be his own, we will pray its the right one.
Family is asking that people stop calling the hospital as its being flooded with calls making it hard for them to inform the family. So keep him in your prayers, I’m sure he will come out fine.
God Speed Terry, you’re in our thoughts and prayers.
Sadly Syeshacat was euthanized.
Will update the blog of any further details as they come in.
Update: March 4, 2014 2:30AM
Second procedure on neck and spine Monday went good, Houghton will have to wear a neck brace for 6 weeks. Although very sore it’s been said his spirits are very high. We wish the best for him.