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Canterbury Stalwart Paul Nolan Injured at Will Rogers

Canterbury Stalwart Paul Nolan Injured at Will Rogers

Paul Nolan on So Blue in 2016 at Canterbury Park

Canterbury legend Paul Nolan – nicknamed the ‘Sod Surgeon’ by track announcer Paul Allen for his prowess negotiating the Canterbury turf course – was injured when his horse, Pure Chrome, collapsed beyond the wire after finishing the 8th race at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday.

Miraculously Nolan suffered no broken bones in the incident but has severe swelling of the spine.  He was airlifted from the track to St. John’s Hospital where he is now in the Intensive Care Unit.

Jeremy Collier, trainer Kari Craddock’s assistant who spent the night with Nolan at the hospital, posted on Nolan’s Facebook page late Tuesday evening:

So they said it will be several months until he is back to normal. He will half to go to rehab and all that kind of stuff but with time and work they hope he will be completely healed. So praise God and continue to pray for a complete and speedy recovery. Also the reason he is in ICU is because of his blood pressure it is to low. So they said they need to keep it up because if they don’t it could cause his problems to be a real big problem

According to his wife Sherry, Nolan is “resting as comfortably as he can.”  It is too early for a prognosis until the swelling goes down but he does have movement and feeling in his extremities.

We will have more updates as they become available.

5 Responses to “Canterbury Stalwart Paul Nolan Injured at Will Rogers”

  1. I met Paul last season at Canterbury and of all things we got talking about was Tea i dub him “The Tea man” lol p lease give him my best from me and my son Will for a speedy recovery and hope to see him out at canterbury again and chat very very nice man!

  2. Southwest dude says:

    Paul rode for me at the old Beulah Park. A consummate rider and a classy guy. Get well Paul.

  3. Ted Grevelis says:

    Many thanks for all of you who have shared such great concern

    Posted on behalf of Ann and Michael Evans (Paul Nolan’s parents)

  4. Kenda Woodburn says:

    I live in Tulsa. I went to see Paul last night. I showed him my new foal pictures and said a prayer with him. I also shared some people’s posts from Facebook to let him know how many people care about him.

  5. Kenda Woodburn says:

    Paul does need your prayers he is still in ICU. I will be going back to visit with him on Sunday. I can give him any messages you wish to send. Just email me or post here and I will read them to him. Also pray for his wife Sherry as she is not feeling well and they won’t let people who are feeling bad into see him.

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