Racehorse Point of Entry Suffers Condylar Fracture

Phipps Stable's Point of Entry, winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap run June 8 on the Belmont Stakes undercard, suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey said. The condyle is the bulbous bottom or distal end of the cannon bone that fits into the fetlock joint.

McGaughey said he discovered the injury the morning of June 9 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y. Veterinarian Jim Hunt, DVM, took X rays (radiographs) and confirmed the damage.

Larry Bramlage, DMV, MS, Dipl. ACVS, will perform the surgical procedure June 10, McGaughey said.

McGaughey said if all goes well, Point of Entry would have two weeks of stall rest, two weeks of hand-walking, and then could be ridden under tack. He said it's too early to say when or whether the 5-year-old son of Dynaformer will return to racing.

"It's not really bad, it's just separated a little," McGaughey said of the fracture. "But I'm not going to be too hopeful until Bramlage sees the X rays. Under a best-case scenario, maybe we could get a race into him in September. Maybe the Breeders' Cup isn't out of the question."

McGaughey did say the owners had intended to retire Point of Entry after the 2013 season and stand him at stud. "I'll have to talk to them to see if they want to roll the dice," he said.

Point of Entry has won nine of 17 starts for earnings of $2,314,490, and has five grade I wins on the turf.

Originally published on BloodHorse.com.

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Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at BloodHorse.com in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on ESPN.com, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

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