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HARNESS RACING DRIVER/TRAINER LEBLANC UNDERGOES SURGERY TO REPAIR DAMAGES RECEIVED FROM ACCIDENT

 MEADOW LANDS, Pa., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Harness racing driver/trainer Steve LeBlanc undergoes seven hours of surgery today to repair damages received in last Sunday's accident at Ladbroke at The Meadows.
 LeBlanc is listed in fair condition at Allegheny General Hospital. His surgery will include repairs to his leg but also to his face. Besides receiving a compound fracture to the right leg, LeBlanc also received numerous facial abrasions and a broken nose in the accident.
 LeBlanc, the ninth leading driver at The Meadows this year is expected to remain in the hospital for about one week.
 "If everything goes as planned Steve could be released at the end of next week," said track spokesman Bob Sabot. "He'll then need weeks if not months of rehabilitation. His leg injury will hold him back and it will take time for him to gain back complete use of that leg." Sabot said that LeBlanc did not suffer permanent damages and with time he should be fine.
 Meanwhile, there is no change today on Meadows leading driver Dave Palone. Palone remains in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Allegheny General Hospital. Doctors are treating Palone for a lung infection which developed after the accident. Palone also suffered back, hip, knee and elbow injuries but none of those injuries are believed to be serious.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Sabot of Ladbroke at The Meadows, 412-225-9300, or 412-563-1224/


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