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Maryland racing commission executive director injured in motorcycle crash

Maryland State Police

Mike Hopkins, the executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission, was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night in Harford County.

Hopkins was flown to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he has undergone two surgeries. Hopkins said Friday he suffered a broken clavicle, five broken ribs and a broken pelvis.

"I'm hanging in there," Hopkins said. He said he would remain hospitalized for another two to three days.

According to the Maryland State Police, Hopkins was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson north on Route 1, just past the intersection with Route 136, when a 2011 Chevy Cruz pulled out of the parking lot of Harford Tire and failed to yield. Hopkins' motorcycle struck the vehicle, and he was thrown from the bike. The driver of the Cruz lost consciousness and the car rolled to a stop against the curb across the street. The driver of the Cruz, who was taken to Upper Chesapeake Hospital, has not been identified. The crash is still under investigation.

Hopkins was named executive director of the racing commission, the state's regulatory body governing both thoroughbred and standardbred racing, in 2003. He has worked for the commission since 1984. He still lives on Darlington's Elberton Hill Farm, which sits on land that has belonged to the Hopkins family since the 1600s. His father, Frank, started a breeding operation there; Hopkins and his two siblings continue to work in the horse industry.

"He's really the person that Maryland racing revolves around in many ways," racing commission chairman Bruce Quade said. "He's done the job so well for so long. We're all so relieved he's going to be OK."

Alan Foreman, lawyer for the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, has worked closely with Hopkins for three decades.

"He's one of the best people involved with our sport," he said.

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