MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (April 26, 2009) – Former jockey Gary Boulanger saddled his first horse as a trainer at Calder Race Course on Sunday, a 6-year-old mare named Tinkerbuck in the 11th race, and she finished second.

Boulanger, the leading rider of the 1994 and 1995 Calder Meet and the 1994-95 Tropical Meet, was seriously injured in a 2005 spill at Gulfstream Park. He suffered a ruptured spleen, broken ribs, and a detached tendon in his left elbow from the spill. A blood clot was also removed from his brain and part of his skull had to be removed to prevent cranial pressure. He was lucky to be alive, but he would never ride in races again.

Boulanger needed a long time to recover, but as of last year was teaching riding lessons and working with young students on a farm in Davie, Fla. Sadly, he was involved in a farm accident last fall from which he suffered additional injuries. He had taken out his trainer’s license in 2007, but the farm accident set him back from becoming a trainer full time.

He currently has three horses in training in Davie. Aside from Tinkerbuck, he has two 2 year olds. As a jockey, Boulanger had significant success with juveniles at Calder, having won seven divisions of the prestigious Florida Stallion Stakes.

Boulanger is ninth on the all-time leading jockeys list for the Calder Meet with 723 winners; he is eighth on the Tropical Meet list with 348 winners.