Fracture Complications Lead to Indyanne Euthanasia

Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes, Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13. A 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, she was owned by John Sikura, owner of Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.

"We did everything we could," Sikura said. "It was unfair to continue treatment in a manner that would have been inhumane to this courageous mare.

"Her condition deteriorated to the point that she could not enjoy a pain free life. A lack of blood supply to the area of the injured limb caused a large wound that did not respond to treatment. Dr. (Larry) Bramlage (DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital) could not do surgery to stabilize the joint under these circumstances. We did all we could and feel awful about the result."

Trained by Greg Gildchrist, the top sprinter Indyanne won her first four starts by a combined 32 1/2 lengths, including the Azalea Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Calder Race Course and the Bay Meadows Debutante Stakes. After winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes this fall at Keeneland for owners David and Jill Heerensperger, she was purchased by Sikura. The La Brea was her second start for Sikura. For her career, she won five of eight races and earned $449,870.

(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

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