Full chart from Yodeler’s race is here. The chart comments say it best “3-w turn, no factor” for his last place finish (3-w means three horse paths wide from the rail). Sometimes, there’s just no explanation. Yodeler didn’t fire on Sunday. He came back from the race great, ate well and was squealing and bucking on the walker this morning indicating that he’s in good spirits. He’ll return to the track to train starting tomorrow.
Sunday’s blog regarding the claiming ladder came at an opportune time. After consulting with Sharon, we will be “dropping him in class” for his next race and looking for $3,500 claiming NW [Date]. This should find him easier competition where he can be successful. As of now, there is one in the condition book for July 13.
Ana has continued to walk since her race and further diagnostics were done today. This morning Ana was walked over from Sharon’s barn to the Vet Clinic by the WTBOA Sales Pavilion (if you’ve been on our morning tours, you may have stopped there). Dr. Stenslie conducted an ultrasound on her left front ankle.
Initially, after palpation, Dr. Stenslie believed he would find a blood clot at the ankle which had resulted in the swelling. He did find the blood clot, but upon a more thorough examination, he also found some damage to the branch of her superficial digital flexor tendon where it ties into the pastern below the ankle.
The area is not considered a crucial supporting structure and prognosis is good for a return to the races after time off for it to heal. We will ultrasound her again next Wednesday when another vet will be available to offer further consultation.
Ana is officially on “lay-up” for thirty days of walking. If she heals well, she will return to active training and we’ll gauge how she is at that point. As of right now, the option for treatment is time off to let the tendon heal itself.
Because she is not actively training, the training rate per day drops from $55/day to $45 per day, reduced by the exercise rider fee since she is not being ridden. It will reduce again to $40/day when the grooms stop poulticing the ankle. You’ll likely notice this change on the next round of financials.
If at any point Ana indicates that she is not sound, healthy and happy for racing, she will be retired. Her health is our first priority and as racehorse owners, the horse always comes first.