2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace Injured, Retired

By The Blood-Horse Staff and Erica Larson, News Editor

Owner Rick Porter posted on his Fox Hill Farm website April 23 that 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace has been retired after veterinarians detected an injury in her right front fetlock following a workout at Churchill Downs April 22.

"It is with great disappointment that I have to announce that Havre de Grace has been retired," said Porter. "Owning Grace through her racing career has been the highlight of my time in horse racing. She was a wonderful, wonderful racehorse, and I feel confident she'll be an equally wonderful broodmare. Thanks, Grace, for all you gave us, and here's to a long and enjoyable retirement."

According to a veterinary report posted on the Fox Hill Farm website, Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, a surgeon at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Ky., examined the 5-year-old mare on April 23 and diagnosed her with desmitis (inflammation) of the lateral middle distal sesamoidean ligament, one branch of the suspensory apparatus that functions to prevent fetlock hyperextension. In the veterinary report Bramlage noted that if training continued, the other healthy ligaments would be susceptible to further injury.

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