Injured Apprentice Jenn Miller Plans Return: ‘I Still Have A Journey Ahead Of Me’

One month before Christmas, apprentice jockey Jenn Miller was hospitalized with a severe concussion and broken jaw following a Nov. 25 spill just past the finish of a race at Charles Town. Her mount, the 4-year-old gelding Green Time, broke down and fell, tossing Miller to the ground, where she appeared to have gotten struck by a trailing horse. Green Time was euthanized.

Following surgery, Miller was admitted to the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she underwent occupational therapy. Earlier this week in a social media post from her home in Wales, Mass., the former Grand Prix dressage rider said she is planning to return to race-riding.

“I still have a journey ahead of me before I can get back to racing, but I want to thank everyone for all of the support and good wishes,” Miller, 32, posted to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Dec. 19. “The racing community has once again proven exactly what we are – a true community!”

A GoFundMe page set up by friends to raise money for medical expenses incurred by Miller established a $10,000 goal. So far, $27,420 has been raised.

“Thank you immensely to everyone who has reached out in one way or another since my fall,” she wrote. “It meant the world to me. Now it’s time to relax, heal, and start making plans to get myself back in the game when doctors give me permission to get back in the saddle!!!”

Miller responded on Facebook to a question about whether she will retain the five-pound apprentice allowance when she returns.

“I do still have the five pounds,” she wrote, “and the clock on that will start again when I come back, so I will still be a five-pound apprentice for the remainder of my one year when I come back!”

Miller’s first victory came aboard Exclusive Symphony at Parx Racing for trainer David Nunn on Dec. 4, 2016. Her career stats are 53 wins, 43 seconds and 48 thirds from 447 mounts.

Among those wishing her well and offering encouragement on Miller’s Facebook page was trainer Joe Herrick, who survived the San Luis Rey Downs training center fire in California and was the subject of a moving feature on a San Diego NBC affiliate.

“Praying for you, Jenn,” said Herrick. “It’s a rough biz we are in. I just got out of 12 days in the burn unit. Fight the good fight … keep the faith.”

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