Jamieson Reflects On MacDonald's Selfless Act
Published: June 2, 2011 10:30 am ET
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With some chillingly honest remarks, O'Brien Award winning driver Jody Jamieson has gone on the record regarding the recent accident at Mohawk Racetrack which resulted in Mark MacDonald going to hospital and Jamieson seeing his life flash before his eyes.
After his mount, If I Didnt Care, stumbled and fell to the track on Thursday, May 26, Jamieson found himself staring down at a horse which could've potentially taken his life. The horse, Dancers Cam, was driven by fellow O'Brien Award winner Mark MacDonald, who, given the circumstances, had to make an unbelievable decision: run over a friend or take the worst of a terrible situation.
MacDonald opted for the latter and would soon find himself catapulted into the air and down onto the punishing Mohawk course.
Jamieson told Dave Briggs in his most recent column in the Guelph Mercury that it was MacDonald's split-second decision which spared him from serious harm. “Mark missed me totally or he would have [broken] my back or killed me or who knows what would have happened?”
Jamieson went on to say, “He catapulted himself in the air,” and when he later visited MacDonald in the hospital he told him, "‘If you would have just run me over, you would have been better off.’" MacDonald responded by saying, "‘Yeah, I know, but how could I do that?’"
MacDonald, who through no fault of his own is no stranger to serious, life-altering racing accidents, was released from hospital on Monday, May 30, less than one week after being knocked unconscious for minutes due to the spill. MacDonald suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken nose, four breaks to his jaw, a loss of teeth, cuts, bruises and damage to his arm and wrist.
Although Jamieson escaped a similar fate, he told Briggs that initially it was not easy to hop right back into the swing of things.
“I don’t like saying this," said Jamieson, "because any time I’ve ever come back and anytime anyone has come back from an injury, the first thing they want to do is prove to everybody that they’re not timid, they’re not nervous, they’re not afraid out there. But, I’m not going to lie to you, I had a tough time in the first few races on Friday night putting myself in the race." He went on to say, “I’ve never felt like that on the racetrack ever in my life.”
(With files from the Guelph Mercury)