Former Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now has been
hospitalized with a gastrointestinal problem. Formerly trained by Graham
Motion, the gelding is at the New Bolton Center (NBC) in Pennsylvania.
on the trainer's website, office manager Sue Kenny disclosed that the
12-year-old was taken to New Bolton on Tuesday and received an update
from veterinarian Dr. Fernando Castro.
"Better Talk Now has a
gastrointestinal problem that does not allow normal function of his
esophagus and small intestine," Castro said. "This problem has led to a
continuous amount of gastric fluid build up over the last 48 hours and
severe reflux, which in turn has led to pneumonia from inhalation of the
"The cause of this problem is still unknown, although botulism is
suspected. He has been undergoing supportive therapy at NBC since
Tuesday and for the first time since then, is regaining some of his
normal GI function. His reflux has finally stopped and his attitude has