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Injured Banned to Undergo Surgery Sept 24

Banned and Garrett Gomez win the American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky May 7, 2011.
Multiple graded stakes winner Banned is expected to undergo an attempt at life-saving surgery Sept. 24 to repair a pair of broken sesamoids in his right ankle, injuries suffered after a routine half-mile work at Santa Anita.

Craig Bernick, owner of the 3-year-old Kitten's Joy colt, said through Twitter that veterinarians give the horse a “20% chance” of surviving. Bernick, who races Banned under his grandfather Leonard Lavin's Glen Hill Farm banner, said surgery will be performed if there is enough blood flow to the ankle.

Banned’s trainer Tom Proctor said the surgery would be performed at Santa Anita.

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Truly, all the best to Banned and his connection's. Really hope Banned comes through his surgery well, and eventually makes a meaningful enough recovery to stand stud somewhere? Losing Banned is tough loss for American turf racing. I felt like Banned was possibly the one coming up that would eventually take over Gio Ponti's roll as having carried the banner for American turf racing over the past 3 seasons. In my eyes, Banned certainly convinced me that he was a G1 level, middle distance turf horse by finishing only a 1-1/2 length's behind Treasure Beach in the G1 Secretariat Stakes. Treasure Beach was a very good gauge for Banned, as your talking about a 3yr.old that not only was a G1 Irish Derby winner at 12f, but just missed by a nose being a G1 Epsom Derby winner over the same distance as well. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for a classy horse!!

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