Anne Von Rosen Injured at Turf Paradise

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A somber mood enveloped the backside at Turf Paradise in Phoenix on Wednesday morning. Despite bright, sunny skies and a warm, pleasant atmosphere, grief permeated the conversations of riders, agents and horsemen. The racing community there was coming to grips with one of the cruel realities of their sport.

One of their own had been struck down and the immediate reports were devastating. Anne Von Rosen, who has ridden on and off the past few summers at Canterbury Park, had been taken by ambulance from the track after a horrific accident in the first race that severed her spinal cord.

Von Rosen was on a quarter horse named Panchita Bonita in a 400-yard race and finished second. Just steps beyond the finish line, Panchita Bonita inexplicably went down _ some observers suspected heat stroke even though it wasn’t that warm _ and landed on Von Rosen, trapping her underneath.

Von Rosen was taken to John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix where she was diagnosed with a severed spinal cord and underwent surgery later that day. Immediate reports indicated a life and death situation.

The immediate news was sobering. “It gives you such a sick feeling to hear that,” said trainer Doug Oliver, a regular trainer and former training champion at Canterbury. “It’s really terrible news.”

The backside heard various reports but many of them were consistent. The news from John C. Lincoln indicated that Von Rosen was fortunate to be alive, would need another surgery, possibly Friday, simply to enable her to sit upright in a wheelchair. Immediate reports indicated she would not walk again.

Rider Scott Stevens, trainer Robertino Diodoro, jockey agent Chad Anderson in addition to Oliver responded with grim remarks when the subject was broached.

 “Something like this doesn’t happen very often,” said Oliver, “but when it does it’s a hard blow.”

Von Rosen was having a successful meet. She was fourth in the standings with 54 wins behind Jorge Carreno, Stevens and Geovanni Franco.

 Trainer Vic Hanson, who sponsored Von Rosen when she came to the U.S. from Germany a decade ago, was stunned. “That’s absolutely terrible news,” he said while en route to Remington Park. “I’m going to try to get there to see her.”

UPDATE from Minnesota HBPA: An account has been set up at Voyager Bank in Shakopee for Anne. There will also be a benefit fund raiser for her once the race meet begins. In the meantime, please keep her in your prayers!!

Voyager Bank
500 Marschall Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379

Checks can be sent “For the Benefit of Anne VonRosen”.

by Jim Wells



  1. This is horrible!! I will pray for Anne.

  2. My heart goes out to you and your recovery. I too became paralyzed in a horse accident 1 yr & 8 months ago. You have a long road ahead but thank GOD you are a horsewoman as it will give you the strength you will need. Don’t ever except the word never!

  3. Jim, Do you know if anyone has set up a fund for her…either in Minnesota or Arizona? Thnx

  4. jon goebel says:

    As good of a rider as Anne is – she is even a better person. Her toughness and kindness along with her work ethic is second to none and will surely get her thru this.

  5. Always like the Baroness….will keep her in my prayers.

  6. It has been a joy to watch Anne ride at CP. This is a very difficult situation, but Anne is alive and she is tough. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, and the racing family as well.

  7. i had the pleasure of ridding with Anne here at turf paradise,she is one fine ridder and and a great person, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

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