In Lingerie, injured while winning the May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course, was doing well the morning after the race, according to Aron Wellman, president of owner Eclipse Thoroughbred Thoroughbed Partners. The cut on the pastern of her right foreleg appears to be a minor, he reported.
“Thankfully, at least at this point, it seems to be one of those things that looks worse than it really is,” said Wellman May 19. “Hopefully it will be nothing but a superficial little thing. She’s been sound and happy ever since (she was injured), so maybe it’s just a small blip on the radar.”
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, which is based in Del Mar, Calif., races In Lingerie in partnership with Gary Barber. Following her 1 ¼-length Black-Eyed Susan victory in Maryland, the 3-year-old filly was bleeding profusely. Trainer Todd Pletcher reported she had been hurt when she stumbled while breaking from the starting gate and grabbed herself.
“Whenever a horse bleeds out like that, you’ve got to make sure you do whatever you can to control any risk of infection,” Wellman said. “The leg was bandaged immediately after the race and we are going to keep the bandage on until the dust settles a little bit. When we get it cleaned up later today, we’ll have a better idea of whether it will require a suture or not. But I don’t think the cut is that large myself, to be honest.
"It was a relatively dramatic scene after the race. We were clearly all elated (about the victory), but we certainly were concerned for the filly at that moment.”
In Lingerie was scheduled to be treated with antibiotics. Plans for the 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker and the Storm Cat mare Chat Cat had included a possible start June 23 in Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park if she ran well in the Black-Eyed Susan.
“Not knowing the extent of her injury that she’s got right now, we don’t know if that will be a little too ambitious in terms of the timing,” Wellman said. “But I would not rule it (the Mother Goose) out at this point. Our true summer target is the Alabama Stakes (gr. I). We’ll think about the Mother Goose, the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), and the Alabama or any combination of those three opportunities.”