He looked okay going onto the trailer. If it was a bad injury, it's unlikely they would have let him walk on like he did.
I also agree with Gary Stevens that the injury (whatever it is) looked like it happened right out of the gate. That means he ran a long way on a sore leg/foot. To have done that
and not be "on three legs" is likely a good sign - unless the horse was so full of adrenalin that he wasn't fully feeling the pain at that point.
Here's hoping... I hate to see them get injured.
Ah - they just said a small fracture. They'll operate but Archarcharch will be okay. Good.
There was no predicting that race, though. It didn't really meet anyone's predictions. One of those wild fields.EDIT:
Archarcharch has an undisplaced lateral condylar fracture - it's very close to the type of fracture I had at my ankle: the bottom outer part of his large ankle bone is sheared off (mine was on the front). They will pin it to ensure it heals straight. According to Bloodhorse.com, 70% of horses with such a fracture go back to racing after full recuperation. This post has been edited by oldjedinurse on May 7 2011, 06:05 PM