Co-owner and trainer Jamie Sanders said Oct. 9 Teuflesberg will likely undergo surgery Oct. 11 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.
The 3-year-old colt fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front leg Oct. 6 during the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Surgery was initially scheduled for Oct. 8, but was postponed to allow the colt’s white blood cell count to recover.
Sanders said that according to Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle, the bones incurred a clean break and were not shattered. For that reason, there is optimism the son of Johannesburg will survive the injury and one day stand at stud.
“Right now, he doesn’t really know what’s going on,” Sanders said. “He’s so excitable; we’ve all been going over (to the hospital) to sit with him so he sees some familiar faces. His exercise rider sat with him yesterday, and his groom is there today. We’ve even taken the jolly balls from his stall over there. He’s just very high strung.”
Teuflesberg, who finished fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland in April, retires with five wins, including the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II). His career earnings total $621,981. The colt is owned by a partnership comprised of Sanders and fiancé Donnie Kelly, Gary Logsdon, and Jeff Singer.