St Nicholas Abbey Reaches 'Critical' Point in Recovery

St Nicholas Abbey Reaches 'Critical' Point in Recovery

Racehorse St Nicholas Abbey has reached a "critical" point in his recovery from a fractured leg and subsequent laminitis, Coolmore Stud reported Nov. 28.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Racehorse St Nicholas Abbey has reached a "critical" point in his recovery from a fractured leg and subsequent laminitis, Coolmore Stud reported Nov. 28.

The son of Montjeu fractured his right foreleg while training at Ballydoyle in Ireland July 23, and subsequently underwent surgery. He underwent emergency colic surgery shortly after his initial surgery, but continued on his road to recovery. In a report posted in late October, Coolmore said St Nicholas Abbey had developed laminitis in his left front foot.

In the Nov. 28 update, Coolmore said the 6-year-old horse is comfortable but "is struggling to overcome the laminitis in his left front foot. This is indeed life-threatening and is the single biggest complication he has faced since his initial life-saving surgery."

Coolmore said the concern is that should the condition progress with further sinking of the pedal, or coffin, bone in St Nicholas Abbey's left front foot, it could go through the sole of his foot.

"In spite of this, St Nicholas Abbey is very comfortable, being just a little ouchy when walking in his first steps and better thereafter," the report said. "His appetite and demeanor remain incredibly good. His intensive veterinary treatment continues and includes maggot therapy for the slight discharge at the toe of the laminitic foot and a daily session on a vibrating plate.

"The next few weeks are critical for St Nicholas Abbey; we are just hoping that he can turn the corner."

Unplaced in only three of his 21 career starts, St Nicholas Abbey had nine wins, two seconds, and seven third-place finishes to his credit while earning $7,863,492. His victories include the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf, Investec Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (three times), Racing Post Trophy, and Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines, all grade/group I events.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

About the Author

The Blood-Horse Staff

The Blood-Horse is the leading weekly publication devoted to international Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Since 1916, the staff of The Blood-Horse has served the Thoroughbred community with the highest standards of journalistic excellence to provide comprehensive and timely editorial coverage and analysis.

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com. Learn More

Free Newsletters

Sign up for the latest in:

From our partners