A. U. Miner, the 3-1 second choice in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. II), is recovering from successful surgery to repair broken sesamoids sustained during the 1 3/4 mile race at Churchill Downs Nov. 5.
Trainer Clark Hanna said Nov. 9 that the 6-year-old son of Mineshaft is wearing a brace on his left leg after the Nov. 7 surgery at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington to repair the damage to the left front fetlock joint.
“The surgery was a success and everything is going well as of now; we’re going to be optimistic and hope for the best,” Hanna said.
The trainer said the horse is being watched closely to ensure that he does not put an inordinate amount of weight on his right leg, which could cause him to founder. Hanna said that A. U. Miner was putting more weight on his injured left leg as of Nov. 9, meaning there was less pressure on the right limb.
Bred in Kentucky by Ten Broeck Farm, A. U. Miner has won or placed in 10 of 25 starts, with earnings of $373,896. A. U. Miner finished first two years in a row in the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing, although he was disqualified from this year’s victory as a result of a post-race test. That verdict is being appealed.