Contact: David Zenner
(847) 255-4300
For Immediate Release
Friday, July 14, 2000


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Jockey Lonnie Meche, who suffered a hairline fracture of the left foot prior to the ninth race on Thursday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse, is expected to be out of action two weeks.

Meche, 25, banged his foot against the starting gate door when his mount, Talkin Lady, turned sideways as she was being loaded into the gate. Although he remounted and rode the horse to a fourth-place finish, subsequent X-rays at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights revealed the injury.

"He has a hairline fracture in his left foot," Meche's agent, Robert Kelly, confirmed. "The doctor says he'll need about two weeks to recover. He goes back to the doctor Tuesday morning and we'll get a better idea then."

A native of Rayne, Louisiana, Meche is in his first season of competition in Chicago. Through Thursday's races, he was seventh in the jockey standings with 23 victories.

Kelly also serves as agent for apprentice jockey Zoe Cadman, who suffered a hairline fracture of the pelvis in an incident at the starting gate on July 7.

"She was at the doctor today," Kelly added. "She needs about four more weeks before she'll be back riding."

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