who was scratched from Saturday’s fourth race following an incident in the
receiving barn, has apparently avoided serious injury.
half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta appeared fine Sunday, according
to trainer John Shirreffs.
“She’s good this morning,” said a relieved
Shirreffs. “It was a contusion or
abrasion. It took some hair off and it’s
bruised. We’re treating it topically
now. We iced it about four or five times
(Saturday). She’s walking good on it so we’re going to take her out and train
her and see how she handles it.”
explained how the accident happened.
“The horses go to the receiving barn and the man says put your horses in
the stalls,’’ he said. “They come out of the stalls in post position order, and
sometimes they get a little anxious because they see the horse leaving in front
of them. Sometimes they want to come out
of the door a little more on the muscle than they should. She didn’t jump through the door or anything,
she just wiggled through the side and leaned a thousand pounds into her hip on
the edge of the door. She bruised it
“I called the vet over because when she came
out of the door, she didn’t want to put her foot down. She bruised it, so it was stinging her a
little bit. We walked her a couple of
steps and she wasn’t walking properly.
That’s when I asked the vet to come over and take a look at her and said
to scratch her.”