Two jockeys were thrown, but escaped injury, during the running of yesterday's $35,000-added Goss L. Stryker Handicap at Bowie.
What A Michael broke his left foreleg approaching the stretch turn, throwing jockey Vince Bracciale heavily to the ground. Longshot Bronze Hill, ridden by Greg Hutton, fell over What A Michael, also throwing his rider.
Bracciale, 30, lay on the ground while Hutton got up and waited beside his fallen colleague for the track ambulance. Bracciale, who was only shaken up, was examined in the track's first aid room, where he said, "I guess I was lucky. My horse's leg snapped while we were in good position and the rest of the field missed trampling me."
Hutton, also uninjured, showered and went home after a brief examination.
What A Michael, a stakes winner of more than $150,000, was humanely destroyed on the track; Bronze Hill was quickly captured by the outrider and appeared uninjured.
The feature for Maryland-breds was won by Larking Hill Farm's Tim Tamber, which outlasted the crowd favorite, A Magic Spray, to score by a neck. Boston Tea was third.
Tim Tamber ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 4/5 and paid $12.40. The 1-6 exacta returned $30.