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Long Recovery Awaits Here Comes Frazier

Trainer Ken McPeek said Magdalena Racing’s Here Comes Frazier sustained a compound fracture to his right hock when he hit the rail while leading the field in Sunday’s Bourbon Stakes (G3) on the grass.
 
“He has not had surgery yet,” McPeek said Monday morning of Here Comes Frazier, who was taken to nearby Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. “They are going to do more X-rays to see if there is anything else up higher.”
 
Here Comes Frazier was comfortably in front of his 11 rivals when he swerved into the rail just before the eighth pole and sent jockey Julien Leparoux into the infield. Leparoux was not seriously hurt.
 
“He is one of the most talented horses I’ve ever had,” McPeek said about Here Comes Frazier. “It is probably doubtful that he will ever race again, and he faces a long recovery time of six months to a year.”
 
A 2-year-old son of Badge of Silver, Here Comes Frazier had won his initial start by seven lengths on the main track at Arlington Park in September.
 

 

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bband I was thinking the same thing....
I wish nothing but the best for Here Comes Frazier. And I don't pretend to be a horse trainer, but after the incident, McPeek was quoted as saying "he had always been in front so he had never been hit with the whip." Maybe this was taken out of context, but you would think that you wouldn't put a whip in a jockey's hand unless you knew what the result would be. Can any trainers answer for me.... wouldn't it be standard practice to use the whip a bit in training just to get the horse used to it? Or is it so obvious that McPeek had to have been talking about the horse never being whipped in a race?
Good Luck!

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