Here Comes Frazier, who suffered a compound fracture in his right hock when he shied and fell into the rail while leading in the stretch of Sunday's Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, was in stable condition overnight at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, trainer Ken McPeek said Monday. The colt could have surgery in about a week to ten days.
McPeek said that there was no fracture found in the colt's pelvis or hip but that the complexity of the fracture in his hock makes performing surgery on the area difficult at this time.
"They don't want to operate on him anytime soon. They may let him sit for a week or 10 days because he's got a large line fracture of the hock, and they're afraid if they anesthetize him to operate on the other fragments, he could crack the hock open in getting up," McPeek explained. "It's in a tough position, where they can't put a screw in it to close together because they can't see it clearly. It's very, very complicated."
McPeek added that it does appear the son of Badge of Silver will survive the procedure barring further setbacks and could even race again, but not likely at the stakes level.
"It does look like he will survive it. Whether he races again is probably 50-50," McPeek said. "Last night, they probably said 20 percent. Today, it's a flip of the coin (that he'll race), but probably not at the level he showed."
McPeek said there is also a line on the talus, the big bone just below the tibia. Dr. Alan Ruggles and Dr. Larry Bramlage, who are working as a team on Here Comes Frazier, have not been able to determine whether this is a fracture or crack and are planning to X-ray that bone again in a day or so to determine exactly what they are seeing.
Here Comes Frazier is owned by Magdalena Racing, of which McPeek is a partner. The dark bay colt broke his maiden by 7 lengths in his career debut at Arlington Park on Sept. 5.
"He is one of the most talented horses I've ever had," McPeek said. "It is probably doubtful that he will ever race again, and he faces a long recovery time of six months to a year."