Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's three-time graded stakes-winning filly Rose to Gold is recovering from surgery for bone chips and will not resume racing until this September at the earliest, trainer Sal Santoro said May 27.
The 3-year-old daughter of Friends Lake apparently incurred one of the chips, in her right front ankle, on May 3 when she finished eighth in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, Santoro said.
"She didn't handle the track, and we thought something might be wrong," said Santoro, whose stable is based at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Two days after the Kentucky Oaks, X-rays by veterinarian Dr. Erica Ossi at Kentucky Equine Medical Associates showed the chip, as well as bone chips in another ankle and two knees.
"We had them all taken out that week, and the doctors are hopeful for a full recovery," Santoro said. "We'll go on from there."
Dr. Wesley Sutter performed the procedure at Lexington Equine Surgery in Lexington.
Rose to Gold, who won both the Honeybee and Fantasy (both gr. III) stakes at Oaklawn Park prior to the Kentucky Oaks, will recuperate at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. She is expected to return to Santoro's barn at Calder in early July.
"We will bring her back to racing only if she can compete at the same level as before," Santoro said. "If it doesn't look like we can do that, we will make plans to retire her to be a broodmare."
Rose to Gold is owned by Alex Centofanti, and races under the names of his wife Kathleen and their son, Raffaele. Bred in Kentucky by the Mulholland family, she is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Saucy.
Rose to Gold has won five of her eight races, all in stakes, and has career earnings of $727,889.