'Hardest part is over' for recovering Grade 2 winner Princess Warrior

May 13, 2019 08:24pm

Drew Trommer, who co-owns the Grade 2 winner Princess Warrior, reported Wednesday evening that the 4-year-old filly underwent successful surgery earlier in the afternoon after breaking down in the stretch of last Friday’s opener at Churchill Downs.

A Kenny McPeek-trained daughter of Midshipman, Princess Warrior went wrong on her left front while traveling over the turf and inside the eighth pole. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. pulled her up, and from there efforts were underway to save the horse.

Princess Warrior shipped to Lexington’s Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for the operation.

“She is now in recovery,” Trommer said. “While the hardest part is over, she still has a long road ahead.”

McPeek said the original prognosis offered a 75% chance Princess Warrior could go on to a broodmare career. She is finished racing after winning four of 18 career starts, including the Mrs. Revere (G2) last November at Churchill Downs.

Grade 1-placed at 2, Princess Warrior also won Turfway Park’s Latonia Stakes this season. The injury occurred in an allowance optional claiming race. Princess Warrior earned $456,664.


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