‘The Prognosis Is Excellent For Him To Be A Healthy Sire’: Grade 1 Winner Epicenter Recovering From Surgery - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘The Prognosis Is Excellent For Him To Be A Healthy Sire’: Grade 1 Winner Epicenter Recovering From Surgery

Epicenter with owner Ron Winchell after winning the G1 Travers at Saratoga

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Grade 1 winner Epicenter is recovering following surgery Sunday to repair a lateral condylar fracture to his right front leg at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.

The Not This Time colt sustained the injury in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) the previous day at Keeneland.

“This morning, Dr. Larry Bramlage inserted two screws to stabilize the injury and the horse is up and resting in his stall,” trainer Steve Asmussen said in a statement. “After surgery, Dr. Bramlage and the Rood and Riddle team are very happy with how the surgery went and the prognosis is excellent for him to be a healthy sire.

“Ron Winchell, David Fiske, and myself want to expressly thank Joel Rosario for getting him pulled up, the on-site veterinarians, Dr. Nick Smith, who treated Epicenter on the track, and Dr. Stuart Brown, who coordinated Epicenter's transportation from the racetrack, with a police escort, directly to Rood and Riddle, Keeneland, and my assistants Scott Blasi and Sarah Campion who stayed with Epicenter.

“Enough cannot be said how thankful we are for everybody's urgency to ensure Epicenter's well-being and everything that was put in place to make the diagnosis for the on-site care, the transportation, Dr. Bramlage meeting him at the clinic, and then the care he has received at Rood and Riddle by the entire staff.”

In the Classic, Epicenter colt was stopped on the backstretch by jockey Joel Rosario and vanned off wearing a splint to stabilize the leg.

Epicenter entered the Classic after winning the Travers (G1) and Jim Dandy (G2) before that. He was the runner-up in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) this spring after wins in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2).

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