Ryan Anderson has surgery on ankle
March 21, 2011
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Ryan Anderson, who was injured this past Saturday night when the driving bit broke with Cheyenne Oxe in the first Sagamore Hill division, has undergone surgery on a broken right ankle.
Anderson's horse, who was leading at the time of the incident (past the half-mile going into the third turn), wound up inside the pylons. The 30-year-old Anderson jumped out of the bike, but his right leg was wound up in the driving lines. He was taken to nearby Lawrence Hospital (Bronxville, NY), for a three-hour surgery to repair a broken right ankle.
"They put in two plates and three screws," Anderson said. "My horse started running in right before it happened, and I began yelling to the other drivers that something was up. Once he was in the infield, I had a to make a quick decision, and I decided to bail. I thought it was the right thing to do, but my leg wound up caught."
Anderson, who is scheduled to be released from the hospital Thursday, is hoping to return in about six-to-eight weeks.
"I do want say how grateful I am for all the calls and texts I've received since the accident," he said. "We moved our base here (Yonkers) back in 2009, and it's the best decision we've made. For now, I'm really just taking it one day at a time."
Anderson has more than 2,600 career wins and $25 million in purses, with three, $3 million seasons since 2006.
Cheyenne Oxe was "caught" without incident. (Yonkers)