Horse Chestnut To Move for Recovery
MIAMI (AP) _ South African champion Horse Chestnut, who injured himself Saturday while preparing for next month’s $500,000 Donn Handicap, will be transferred Tuesday into the care of a renowned equine surgeon.
Horse Chestnut, who made his North American debut Jan. 8 with a runaway victory in the Broward Handicap, would have been the favorite for the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 5.
But the 5-year-old son of Fort Wood fractured the splint bone in his left foreleg during a workout at Calder Race Course.
Horse Chestnut has been placed in a protective boot, awaiting the swelling to reduce to determine whether surgery is needed.
He will be tranquilized and transferred from Calder to nearby Gulfstream, where Dr. Steve Selway, a specialist from New York who is based at Gulfstream during the winter, will begin caring for him.
``Because of the extent of Horse Chestnut’s injury, he requires daily attention and this way I will be able to see him every day and several times a day should it be necessary,″ Selway said. ``As far as his injury is concerned, it is not life threatening, but we will have to wait until the swelling goes down before we can make a realistic assessment of what the future holds for him.″
Horse Chestnut has won nine of 10 lifetime starts _ the first nine races in his native country _ and has earned $475,661.