(Edited press release)
Van Lear Rose, Canada’s 2008 champion 2-year-old filly, will be sidelined for the year due to a suspensory injury.
Trained by Catherine Day Phillips and bred and owned by her brother, Richard Day (Kingview Farms), the 3-year-old daughter of Stroll suffered the injury while breezing at Gulfstream Park two weeks ago.
“Thankfully it wasn’t a catastrophic injury,” said Day Phillips of the lifetime winner of two races from six starts and earner of $282,080. “We want to make sure we give her the time she needs to heal.
“After a breeze at Gulfstream, we discovered she had some pressure in her leg. The key is to ensure that she recovers fully.”
Bred in Ontario, Van Lear Rose broke her maiden on her fourth try in the Muskoka Stakes at Woodbine last Sept. 1.
The Ontario-bred followed up that score with another return to the winner’s circle, a half-length triumph in Woodbine’s Mazarine Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 5.
Van Lear Rose, under regular rider Chantal Sutherland, closed out her campaign with a sixth-place finish, just 5 3/4 lengths behind highly regarded Stardom Bound in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) last Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.
In spite of the bad news for her young star, Day Phillips is hoping some of her other horses have a strong 2009 Woodbine campaign, one which gets underway April 4.
“We have quite a few younger horses that had promising 2-year-old seasons and hopefully, they continue to improve,” she said.