Jacky Martin Update

The injured jockey is improving, but has a long way to go.

By Richard Chamberlain
January 5, 2012

Jacky Martin

Jacky Martin, who was critically injured and left a quadriplegic from a September 2 spill at Ruidoso Downs, continues to improve and is at his home in El Paso, Texas.

“He’s pneumonia-free,” said his wife, Tracey. “He feels 1000 percent better than he did – he’s off anti-biotics, his lungs are good, he’s breathing better.”

Martin on December 16 left the Houston hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation and returned to his El Paso home. However, his lungs collapsed on December 27 and he was rushed by ambulance to the ICU at the University Medical Center in El Paso. After treatment there, he returned home on New Year’s Eve. Martin still is on a respirator and receives breathing treatments every three hours.

Martin now is doing well enough that he and his wife are considering attending the Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale on January 19-21 in Oklahoma City, where they plan to conduct two fundraising activities. One will be a set of breedings sold through the auction format by Heritage Place prior to the beginning of the Saturday morning session, and there will also be an ongoing silent auction that will run from Thursday morning through Saturday noon.

“We hope we can be there in Oklahoma City,” she said. “Jeff Tebow (the Heritage Place general manager) is going to allow us to have the auctions to raise funds for Jacky’s treatment. We’re hoping to raise enough money to help defray some of these huge bills we’ve already incurred and for some of the treatments that we’re looking at pursuing in the near future.”

Anyone interested in donating a stallion breeding may contact Tracey Martin at (918) 851-1221 or by email at katiii2@yahoo.com.