Thursday, August 30, 2007

What's the Real Deal??

Rags To Riches, who has not started since becoming the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont, has had another setback. This time a fever of 102. She had a temperature that kept her out of the Coaching Club American Oaks, then was pulled up at the start of a scheduled five-furlong workout on July 22. A thorough physical examination showed no problems. Todd Pletcher is adamant that there is nothing wrong, which appears to be confirmed by her gallops and workouts in between these weird events. I just wonder if there isn't more going on than they admit.


Chris C. said...

Excuse my ignorance, but what is the normal body temperature of a horse?

Nora said...

I've always been told that 100 is normal.. it's not the fevers so much that bothers me, but their timing. It also troubles me greatly that she was pulled up in a workout. Her rider thought she broke down.. then she took a few steps and was fine. She was evaluated by her track vet and given a clean bill of health, but still they shipped her to a clinic and did further workups. Once again she was given a clean bill of health. It looks like they are dotting all the i's and crossing the t's. That's what troubles me the most.

Amy said...

Maybe suffering from "exhaustion", like Lindsay Lohan!