Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had gone as planned," so far, in the 4-year-old colt's recovery.

Chelokee winner of Barbaro stakes


Bramlage fused the Chelokee's damaged ankle in a procedure that is known as a fetlock arthrodesis. The son of Cherokee Run was injured during the running of the Alysheba Stakes. Owned by Centennial Farms and trained by Michael Matz, Chelokee captured the Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill and the Barbaro Stakes at Pimlico last year. Matz also conditioned Barbaro, who sustained an injury during the 2006 Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby.

For more information see "Chelokee Given '50-50 Chance' to Survive."  

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