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Centralinteligence Has Successful Surgery

Grade I winner back in Ellis barn after sustaining injury during Breeders' Cup Mile.

Grade I winner Centralinteligence underwent successful surgery after sustaining a hairline condylar fracture during the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and has an excellent chance to return to racing, trainer Ron Ellis said Nov. 7.

The 5-year-old son of Smarty Jones  returned to Ellis' barn Nov. 6 after being operated on by Dr. Wayne McIlwraith over the weekend, the trainer said. The bone in the right front leg was mended and a couple of stabilizing pins were inserted.

"He came out of surgery really well," Ellis said of Centralinteligence. "He (McIlwraith) said the bone came back together very well. They do come back from this sort of injury. He gave him a 70% to 80% chance of returning to racing."

Centralinteligence, with Victor Espinoza aboard, was racing in seventh inside rivals in the Nov. 1 Dirt Mile when he faltered on the far turn and was eased through the stretch. He was able to walk himself into the horse ambulance and was taken from the track.

Ellis said Centralinteligence, who won the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Betfair Hollywood Park June 29, has been an excellent patient and is bearing weight on both front legs equally. The chestnut gelding is expected to remain in his stall at Hollywood until his stitches are removed. He will then be shipped to co-owner John Amerman's Peacefield Farm in Temecula, Calif., for a layup of four to six months.

"We'll X-ray him in two months to see how he's doing," Ellis said.

Centrailinteligence missed 10 months after having surgery to remove a bone chip in his left knee last year, returning to action in May. He has four lifetime wins from 14 starts with earnings of $309,171. Besides Amerman, he is owned by Bongo Racing and Gary Finder, et al., and was bred in Kentucky by Patricia L. Chapman out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars.