A Little Warm, winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga in July,
suffered condylar fractures to both front forelegs on Thursday and will
most likely be retired from racing, his connections said Friday. A
Little Warm was being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 6
at Churchill Downs.
According to Chris Baker, racing and farm manager for owner/breeder
Edward P. Evans, A Little Warm suffered the fractures during a routine
gallop on Thursday at Delaware Park where he was based with trainer
Tony Dutrow. Baker said had the injury happened during a workout or a
race, the situation could have been much worse.
A Little Warm underwent surgery on Friday at the New Bolton clinic
in Pennsylvania, where veterinarians Michael Ross and David Levine
inserted screws to stabilize the injuries. Baker said, however, that
following the surgery Dr. Ross told him that the damage done to A
Little Warm's right fetlock would make it unlikely that he could return
to the stakes-winning form he displayed during his 3-year-old season.