My Boston Gal Recovering from Throat Surgery
Date Posted: 5/16/2003 10:30:13 AM
Last Updated: 5/16/2003 3:42:08 PM

My Boston Gal, winning the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Edited Churchill Downs release
My Boston Gal, one of last year's top 2-year-old fillies and the winner of the Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland this spring, is getting some rest in trainer Carl Nafzger's Churchill Downs barn after throat surgery late last week to correct a breathing problem.

The daughter of Boston Harbor was discovered to have displaced her soft palate during a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 2. A week later, Dr. Stephen Selway traveled to Simpsonville, Ky. to perform surgery to correct the problem that had also hampered My Boston Gal in a fifth-place finish in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park earlier in the year.

Assistant trainer Ian Wilkes said Selway was "very pleased" with the results of the surgery and My Boston Gal will take it easy in the early stages of her recuperation.

"It's three weeks walking, a week of walking in the shed and then we go back to the track," Wilkes said. "So, you've got a month off. That's not going to hurt her."

My Boston Gal was unbeaten at two and concluded a three-race campaign with a victory in the $200,000 Golden Rod (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. She has a record of 1-1-0 in four starts at three.

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