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Alternation Remains in Training for Fall

Grade II winner was evaluated at Hagyard Equine Medical Center after Oaklawn 'Cap.

Pin Oak Stables' multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Alternation  remains in light training at Churchill Downs with Donnie Von Hemel, according to a May 22 press release from his connections.

The 5-year-old son of Distorted Humor  emerged from eighth-place Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) effort April 13 with some soreness and stiffness behind, according to the release. Alternation underwent a complete evaluation at Hagyard Equine Medical Center, including a scintigraphic exam, and veterinarians have recommended a schedule of light training for the next 30-45 days. Plans call for him to return to racing for a fall campaign.

"It only made sense to bring him to Hagyard for a full evaluation," said Pin Oak Stud's general manager Clifford Barry. "We want to do the right thing by the horse and not return to the races until he's 100 percent again."

Alternation, bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud out of the Seattle Slew mare Alternate, has won or placed in seven stakes, earning in excess of $1 million with victories in 2011 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) and a four-race win streak that included the Essex Handicap, Razorback Handicap (gr. III), Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II), and Pimlico Special (gr. III) in 2012. His full record stands at 9-1-1 from 18 starts.