Teuflesberg Expected to Begin Stud Career in 2008

Teuflesberg Expected to Begin Stud Career in 2008
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The owners of Teuflesberg are optimistic that he can recover from his injury in the Phoenix Stakes (gr.III) to begin his stud career next year.

Teuflesberg, who was injured in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, continues to have a successful recovery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. The colt, who had been on the road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships, suffered career-ending fractures in both sesamoids in his left foreleg.

"He's doing very good," said trainer Jamie Sanders, who owns the 3-year-old son of Johannesburg in partnership with her fiancé Donnie Kelly, Gary Logsdon, and Jeff Singer. "He's already had his cast changed, and Dr. (Larry) Bramlage loved what he saw."

Teuflesberg underwent a successful surgery at Rood & Riddle Oct. 11, and unless unforeseen setbacks occur, Sanders said the colt's leg was about 90% healed. His cast was removed about three days ago and was left off for a couple days so he could stretch the tendons in his legs. A new cast was placed on his leg yesterday.

"He's been doing really well since he's had the new (cast) on," said Sanders. "He's expected to have that one on about another 30 days, and if he keeps going at the same recovery rate, he should be able to be turned out in the paddock in about 90 days."

After he is fully recovered, Sanders said Teuflesberg would be taken to Victory Haven Training Center near Lexington until she and her partners decide where he will begin his stud career.

"We do have some prospects, and we're just basically working on it right now. If everything goes right, we should be able to stand him this upcoming year," she said.

Sanders added that she and her partners would retain lifetime breeding rights to Teuflesberg and may also keep a few stallion shares in him.

The colt is currently cataloged in the upcoming Keeneland November mixed sale.

Teuflesberg finished his career with a record of 5-3-2 from 21 starts and earnings of $621,981. A three-time stakes winner, the colt was a contender in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He scored his big victory in the June 9 Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

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