Jockey Von Rosen injures spine in spill at Turf Paradise

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Jockey Anne Von Rosen reportedly suffered a serious spinal injury in a spill after the first race Tuesday at Turf Paradise.

Von Rosen was pulling up Panchita Bonita after finishing second in the race at the Phoenix track, when the 5-year-old mare went down on a backstretch and somersaulted. She was pinned underneath the horse.

Von Rosen was rushed to John C. Lincoln Hospital where she underwent surgery Tuesday evening for her spinal injuries. Another surgery was scheduled for Friday.

Panchita Bonita was not injured.

"This was after the race so the jockeys and horses are in a more relaxed mode because the race is over, and the horse just suddenly went down and landed on top of Anne," said Turf Paradise General Manager Vincent Francia. "An accident like this is rare. It's not something that happens every day."

The 43-year-old woman from Germany is ranked third in jockey standings.

"She's a very remarkable woman, very talented," Francia said.

Von Rosen worked as an exercise rider in Germany, England and Italy before moving to Kentucky in the late 1990s to become a veterinary assistant at an equine hospital.

She then worked as an assistant trainer in Florida, where people suggested she become a jockey because of her small size.

She became a jockey in 2001 and has been riding at Turf Paradise since 2005.