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Valerie Ashker, 60, sustained 2 broken ribs in an accident on Monday. She resumed her 3,500-mile journey on her OTTB yesterday.

Rider, 60, breaks ribs crossing USA on her OTTB

A 60-year-old California woman attempting to cross the United States on her Thoroughbred sustained broken ribs Monday from a horse kick. Three weeks and 200 miles into the ride to raise awareness about off-track Thoroughbreds, Valerie Ashker and her entourage were in Fallon, Nev., settling in for the night at the Drost family farm, when her OTTB Primitivo tried to kick her other T’bred Solar Express during a playful moment. Asker says, “We were trying to blanket them and Solar is a real Alpha and was nipping at Tivo, who is the smaller follower. We got the blankets mixed up […]