Lucy Bassett’s homebred 3-year-old filly Meditations has been shipped by van to Ocala where she will undergo surgery for a fracture in her left front cannon bone suffered Saturday at Gulfstream Park during the running of the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), trainer Ralph Ziadie reported Sunday morning.
The chestnut daughter of Out of Place has been retired.
“Three veterinarians examined her and agreed that her injury is not life-threatening. The prognosis for recovery is good. Dr. (John) Madison is going to operate and insert screws in the leg at his clinic in Ocala where they have a recovery pool,” said Ziadie.
“Even if she could come back to the races, after discussing the situation with Mrs. Bassett, we decided it was best to retire her. She was a very special filly and showed what she could do. This is one of the tougher losses I’ve ever had.”
After chasing the pace in the Davona Dale, jockey Rafael Bejarano pulled Meditations up after a half-mile. She was vanned off following the race.
Meditations went into the Davona Dale as the 9-10 favorite after winning two of three starts at Calder, including a 10 3/4-length romp in the $100,000 Three Ring Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 2. She finished second in her debut in September and then broke her maiden by 10 3/4 lengths sprinting in early October. She retires with earnings of $78,630.