Wickedly Perfect, who earned an automatic berth in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with her victory in the Oct. 8 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, will have to skip the World Championships due to a bone chip in her stifle.
Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form the judgment was made the morning of Oct. 9 when there was heat in the filly’s left stifle and x-rays revealed the chip.
According to DRF, O’Neill conferred with veterinarian Mark Cheney in Kentucky and Joe Dowd in California, after which a decision was made for the daughter of Congrats to have the chip surgically removed Oct. 11 . The operation will be performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage, who is based at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.
O’Neill told DRF that Wickedly Perfect could be sidelined for as little as two months. Depending on how well she recovers, could return to training for a spring campaign.
“It’s a bummer because we’ll miss the Breeders’ Cup, but the prognosis is 100%,” he said.
Owned by STD Racing Stable, Peter Moehrke, and Rafter JR Ranch, Wickedly Perfect has won three of her four career starts, including the Aug. 6 Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar, for earnings of more than $400,000.
The gray or roan filly, who was bred in Florida by Lolita Raquiza’s Y-Lo Racing Stables, is out of the Tactical Cat mare Wickedly Wise.