Weemissfrankie, the star 2-year-old filly, was back in her
stall in Barn 52 North here Wednesday following successful surgery Sunday for a
condylar fracture of her right foreleg.
“The surgery went excellent,” said trainer Peter Eurton of
the operation performed by Dr. Wayne McIlwraith at Los Alamitos. “I just got
the e-mail from Dr. McIlwraith. The prognosis is very good.”
The injury was discovered after Weemissfrankie finished
fourth as the 9-to-10 favorite in the Hollywood Starlet. “One screw was put
in,” said Eurton of the surgery. “The fracture was non-displaced.”
Eurton said the filly might be able to return to training in
four months. “We can start hand-walking her in 14 days,” said Eurton. “She will
stay here for 45 days. She might start aqua-tread work in three months.
“In four months, we could start jogging her,” said Eurton in
hopes of a return to the races at Del Mar or the autumn Santa Anita meet.
Weemissfrankie established herself as the top 2-year-old
filly on the West Coast after victories in the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf
Stakes, both Grade I’s, and a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile