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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

St Nicholas Abbey continues to fight for his life

St Nicholas Abbey 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire - Ryan Lasek

 

For all of you following the four-month long struggle for life of one of the world's finest thoroughbreds, like I am, I wanted to pass on the most recent news. Unfortunately, the latest report on St Nicholas Abbey is not the best. The following comes straight from the Coolmore website of this morning ...

 

St Nicholas Abbey is struggling to overcome the laminitis in his left front foot, this is indeed life threatening and is the single biggest complication he has faced since his initial lifesaving surgery. The worry is that if the condition progresses and further sinking of the pedal bone takes place it may prolapse through the sole of his foot. In spite of this St Nicholas Abbey is very comfortable, being just a little ouchy when walking in his first steps and better thereafter, his appetite and demeanour remain incredibly good. His intensive veterinary treatment continues and includes maggot therapy for the slight discharge at the toe of the laminitic foot and a daily session on a vibrating plate.The next few weeks are critical for St Nicholas Abbey – we are just hoping that he can turn the corner.  

 

When I think of St Nicholas Abbey, I think of all the promise he carried as a juvenile in Europe. The son of Montjeu truly could have been any kind back in 2009, but then his three-year-old season was a bust. All of that potential he had at two, was seemingly lost as he finished sixth as the English 2000 Guineas favorite. Never to be seen again at three, St Nicholas Abbey had all but fallen off the racing map. His connections continued to believe in him, and while not unbeatable at four, he did come back to be a fine runner.

 

Victory in the Coronation Cup was a highlight of his European season, but it was in his trip to America where we got to see what St Nicholas Abbey was all about. Dominating the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf, who can ever forget the father-son duo of trainer Aiden O'Brien, and 18-year-old rider, Joseph O'Brien celebrating after the win. It was fun to see, but more than that, I remember the powerful closing kick of a stunning example of a thoroughbred. St Nicholas Abbey was majestic, and to see him in person was memorable.

 

More recently, we remember St Nicholas Abbey rebuking a strong challenge from the Japanese supermare, Gentildonna in the Dubai Sheema Classic, below, and another strong run for his third win in the Group 1 Coronation Cup. I continue to hold out hope that this beautiful racehorse can win one more battle ... this time for his life.

 

 

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Older Comments about St Nicholas Abbey continues to fight for his life...

The prolonged inactivity makes it so hard to avoid the setbacks. The thoroughbred constitution depends so much on activity.
Thoughts/prayers for the best positive outcome for St. Nic.
agreed amfuller. it's in his eyes.... best of luck to him though, hope he pulls through.
This photo was posted today of SNA. I hate to say it but he doesn't look good. http://www.paulickreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/stnicholasabbeysept9-684x350.png
Prayers being sent your way - power up big boy power up!

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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.