A horrifying racing crash at Perth’s Gloucester Park has left a new father in hospital but lucky to be alive
Aldo Cortopassi, a harness driving veteran of 30 years, was flung from his seat and kicked in the face, suffering confronting injuries.
The horse he was driving, Allwoods Rocknroll, crashed into another, Space Junk, after it broke a leg. It sadly was later put down.
Cortopassi, 45, said he can’t remember much.
“Horses were flying everywhere, and carts, and I copped a hoof to the face which knocked me out,” he said.
“The next thing I remember is waking up on the track being spoken to by the ambos.”
He suffered three fractures to his face and was taken to Royal Perth Hospital.
He said doctors were worried about his vision or possible back damage, but he is now out of the spinal ward.
Cortopassi can’t see out of his left eye and requires surgery when the swelling subsides.
The top reinsman is used to the dangers of racing.
In January he suffered two broken ribs, and previously shattered his collarbone in three places, leading to tough questions from his partner Amber.
“Her first words were, ‘Is it time to retire?’ and I said ‘not yet’,” he said
Cortopassi is intent on driving for another five years so he can add to his 1400 winners.
However, his son Aldo Junior, 10 months, has the new father rethinking his future.
“I’ve got to make sure I’m around to be a father to him,” he said.