Stradivari, who sustained a career-ending lateral condylar fracture of the right front during training hours on Friday, is recuperating at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital after undergoing surgery Tuesday, said trainer Todd Pletcher.
“He recovered from the surgery very well and had a good night, and is comfortable today,” he said. “So far everything looks encouraging. The first step was successful surgery, but there is usually a time of concern for a while in those situations – complications can develop – but the process went as smoothly as possible, and the initial signs are encouraging. Obviously you want to give him plenty of time to recuperate. I’m sure they’ll travel back to the [co-owner John B.] Gunther’s farm in Kentucky when the time is right. He was bearing weight on both front feet today, which was an encouraging sign.”
Stradivari, a 3-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro, won maiden and allowance races by combined margins of better than 25 lengths before finishing fourth in the Preakness and fifth in the Belmont Stakes.
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