Phipps Stable's Point of Entry , winner of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) June 8, suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
McGaughey said he discovered the injury the morning of June 9 at Belmont Park. Dr. Jim Hunt took X-rays and confirmed the damage.
Dr. Larry Bramlage will perform the surgical procedure June 10, McGaughey said.
McGaughey said if all goes well, Point of Entry would have two weeks of stall rest, two weeks of hand-walking, and then could be ridden under tack. He said it's too early to say when or whether the 5-year-old Dynaformer horse will return to racing.
"It's not really bad, it's just separated a little," McGaughey said of the fracture. "But I'm not going to be too hopeful until Bramlage sees the X-rays. Under a best-case scenario, maybe we could get a race into him in September. Maybe the Breeders' Cup isn't out of the question."
McGaughey did say the owners had intended to retire Point of Entry after the 2013 season and stand him at stud. "I'll have to talk to them to see if they want to roll the dice," he said.
Point of Entry has won nine of 17 starts for earnings of $2,314,490, and has five grade I wins on the turf.
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