Jockey Rene Douglas, who was seriously injured during an on-track incident at Arlington Park in late May, issued his first public statement to friends and fans on Tuesday. On his Facebook page, he wrote:
"I want to thank you for all your support, your prayers and all your messages. I've been trying to read all of your posts and little by little I will catch up.
"I've been trying to start therapy but I've had a few issues with my lungs and that has prevented me from starting rehab in full. I'm getting stronger every day with the help of my family and friends and I will give my best once I go back to rehab.
"The road ahead of me will be long and hard but I'm ready to face it and to do the best I can to complete it and to achieve the best results possible.
"I would love to thank each one of you personally but if I did that I wouldn't have enough time to do therapy. Just know that I appreciate it and that your support inspires me everyday to continue and to give my all."
•Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale will serve as the host course for a fund raiser for Douglas on July 20. For more information, contact Allyson Campbell at (847) 404-0645.
•To send donations, please make them payable to: Rene Douglas and mail to Citibank, 539 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Il. 60611