Monday, September 17, 2007

From Thoroughbred Times Today

Rags to Riches suffers fracture, sidelined until 2008
Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Rags to Riches
suffered a hairline fracture to her right front
pastern and will miss the remainder of the
2007 season, trainer Todd Pletcher said on
Pletcher said he believes the A.P. Indy filly,
who on June 9 became the first filly in 102
years to win the Belmont Stakes, was injured
in the stretch of a runner-up finish in the
Gazelle Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
Rags to Riches will resume her racing
career in 2008.
“The injury is not career ending, and she is expected to make a
full recovery,” Pletcher said. “It appears as though she sustained
the injury during the stretch run. When she switched to the right
lead, she came off the bridle and lugged in a bit. Though she cooled
out fine following the race, she appeared to be slightly off this morning.
Subsequent X-rays discovered the hairline fracture.
“She is resting comfortably and will ship to Ashford Stud [Monday],
where she will receive six weeks of stall rest to give the fracture
time to heal,” Pletcher said. “At the conclusion of her
convalescence, she will be re-X-rayed to determine when she will
resume training. She will not race again until 2008.”—Mike Curry
Well, here's that coincidence I've been waiting for!


Kara C. said...

How bizarre? There does seem to be something strange here. Or a long string of very bad luck!

Nora said...

This is my "conspiracy theory..."

The hairline fracture was discovered when she was pulled up in her workout. Seeing that it wasn't too bad they still wanted to make the Breeders Cup so they babied her over the summer with phantom temperatures to explain it out. Now after the Gazelle, the fracture opened up a little bit more and put a damper on their plans.

Melanie said...

Interesting theory...