Stakes Winner Springside Recovering After Surgery

Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, performed surgery on Springside the morning of Dec. 1. Richardson was propelled into the limelight for his work with Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who shattered his right hind leg in the Preakness Stakes and succumbed to a battle with laminitis in January 2007.

Springside was winning her third straight race in the Demoiselle for owners Jim and Alice Sapara and trainer Josie Carroll. Pulled up past the wire by jockey Garrett Gomez and taken off the track by van, the filly was transferred to New Bolton for assessment and surgery.

"The surgery went very well," Jim Sapara told The Blood-Horse after talking with Richardson the afternoon of Dec. 1. "She walked back to her stall after they put her in the pool to wake up, and she was feeding at the time of the call.

"(Richardson) said barring any unknown major factors, she should be fine. It was a little worse than he thought it was, but the surgery went very well."

Sapara said Richardson had to insert several screws in Springsides's leg in order to keep the bone intact. Richardson will give Sapara a full report tomorrow of the surgery details. The filly is expected to remain at New Bolton for at least eight weeks.

Springside, bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, was purchased for $335,000 at the 2007 Keeneland September yearlingsale. She earned $120,000 for the Demoiselle victory, boosting her career bankroll to $190,163.

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