Point of Entry,
winner Saturday of the Grade 1, $500,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan
suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture of his left-hind cannon bone
and will undergo surgery in the next few days at Rood and
Hospital in Lexington,
of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said his staff discovered the injury
early Sunday morning, and veterinarian Dr. James Hunt came
to the barn and performed an X-ray.
be on the shelf for a while,” McGaughey said. “How long, I don’t know.
We took the bandage off and his ankle was blown up.”
said surgery will be performed on Point of Entry by equine orthopedic
surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage. He expects one or two screws
to be inserted into the leg.
Bramlage said Sunday afternoon he had examined the X-rays and found the fracture was not a complete separation.
does need screws,” he said. “This is the kind of fracture we treat all
the time. We expect him to come back and run well. It requires
surgery, but it’s a pretty responsive injury.”
remains hopeful Point of Entry, owned by the Phipps Stable and Frank
Stronach, can return to the races this year in time for
the Breeders’ Cup Turf in November.
don’t know what the down time is until [Bramlage] looks at him,”
McGaughey said. “He said maybe two weeks [in his] stall, two weeks
hand walk and them maybe start riding him under tack. But I’m not going
to be too hopeful on that. Best-case scenario, maybe we can get a race
into him in September. Best-case scenario, maybe the Breeders’ Cup is
not out of the question. The intention all
along was to retire him at the end of the year. I don’t know whether
Mr. Stronach and Mr. Phipps will want to roll the dice and see what
happens. If [Bramlage] says it might be a long rehab time, we might have
to pull the rug out from under him. I’m hoping,
myself, that’s not the case. The primary goal was the Breeders’ Cup.”
Point of Entry, a 2012 Eclipse Award finalist for leading Male Turf Horse, won the 1 ¼-mile
in a time of 2:02.55 over a yielding course. He has won six of his past
seven starts, including victories in five Grade 1 races, with the only
loss coming by a half-length to Little Mike
in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.