MINNEAPOLIS - Rusty Shaw was rounding the corner for home on Saturday when Canterbury Park officials say the horse he was riding, Classy Star, suffered a leg injury and sent both of them to the ground.
"I wasn't even too sure that I was even going to make it off that racetrack," Shaw says.
Shaw was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center and, according to him, is recovering from two collapsed lungs, broken ribs and broken bones in his back.
"Right now I know I'm lucky to be alive," he says.
It's not the first time he's been injured on a horse. Shaw says he's suffered an number of injuries before, including knocking out his teeth and broken toes and fingers.
None of those injuries have stopped him from doing what he loves.
"The rush from leaving a set of starting gates and going thirty five miles an hour around a race track with twelve other competitive jockeys and horses, there's just something about that rush that just drives in you," Shaw says.
According to Canterbury Park, Classy Star had to be euthanized after Saturday's race.
Shaw calls it a "freak accident" and says he doesn't want it to shed any bad light on Canterbury Park.
According to him, he'll be back on a horse eventually.
"Absolutely I think I'll ride again," Shaw says.