Longtime Michigan-based horseman Lee Sattelberg told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he is on the road to recovery after suffering a skull fracture and small compression fracture in his vertebrae after falling down the stairs at his home on Sunday, June 22.
Sattelberg, who was inducted into Michigan's Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2004, spent more than three weeks in the hospital before being able to return home late last week.
"I took a header down the basement stairs and when you get to be 70 it's a little hard on the body,” laughed Sattelberg, who turns 72 on Oct. 15. "But I am healing up; I'm coming around. They let me out of the hospital and said I was doing good, so I'm taking their word for it. The doctors said I was fine to go home and do whatever.”
Sattelberg has 2,400 driving wins with $9.1 million in purse earnings. He retired from racing in January 2012 after a barn fire that killed all four of his horses and destroyed all his equipment.
"I'm getting up now and doing things,” said Sattelberg, who said he is on a twice-a-week schedule for physical therapy. "I don't need to do much. I like getting on the computer and look up the entries and results and see who won and who lost, and who has the good 2 year olds.”
Get well wishes to Sattelberg may be sent to: Lee Sattelberg, 8380 Bath Road, Byron, Mich. 48418.