Terry TD Houghton is back and will have two mounts this Monday October 11th at Thistledown. It will come six months after his bad accident that took place back in April of this year. If you don't remember the details and the story, click here for both Part 1 and Part 2 of Terry's recovery. (http://hrr.today/td2)
On August 9th, around four months post-injury, Terry was able to start exercising horses in the morning. He was delighted for his return.
"It feels good to be able to ride again," Terry said. "Hopefully it won't take long to get in the winner's circle. I have been getting on horses in the morning for a longtime friend, James Jackson. He rode me on my very first mounts in my career. He has put me on a lot of winners over the years."
The first horse Terry will ride on Monday is VAN DAMME for trainer Gary Johnson in Race 4 at Thistledown. This is what Terry had to say about the horse:
"I have won on him before. Bob Gorham used to have him. When loading him in the gate they must back him in. I rode him in the West Virginia Derby but he didn't run any good. I went to Woodbine a couple times and rode him there; he ran okay, but just got outrun."
In Race 5, Terry will be aboard SUPER VALENTINE for trainer Richard Genovese. Both of Terry's horses on Monday are 30/1 ML.
I asked Terry if he ever considered retirement after this latest accident, after many in his career.
"Not really," he answered. "When I was in the hospital my only concern was getting better. Going through my recovery I was worried that I might not be able to ride anymore. This was by far the most painful injury I ever had. Thankfully I was able to heal from this one as well. I did take stewards school. This way I have something to fall back on when I'm ready to retire."
I asked Terry if any family or friends were pushing retirement. Terry said, "My family has been very supportive in what I decide to do. I'm sure they are worried, but they won't tell me not to do it."
Terry TD Houghton is the latest jockey that will soon be wearing our logo on his pants. We wish Terry the very best in safety and success. We also thank him for his time and support.