Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) contender Fitz Just Right’s chances of capturing the lilies came to a halt when a chip was discovered in her right front ankle following a half-mile workout the morning of April 24 at Keeneland.
“She worked very well, but the rider felt like she took a funny step pulling up,” said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trains the daughter of Seattle Fitz—Light Line, by Line in the Sand. “(After the workout), I came back to the barn and saw it. It wasn’t right away—she was walking OK, but the more she walked and cooled out, the worse she got, so we took an X-ray, and she has a chip in her ankle.”
The filly, who McLaughlin said was showing signs of soreness, is scheduled to undergo surgery April 27 at Woodford Equine Hospital. Dr. William Baker will perform the procedure to remove the chip.
“I would think she would come back from this—(ankle chips) are usually not a big deal,” said McLaughlin, adding that he hoped to race Fitz Just Right later this year or next after she is completely healed.
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Fitz Just Right worked a half-mile in :49.
Earlier this year, Fitz Just Right won the Darley Ocala Breeders’ Sale Championship Stakes and set a track record in the process, covering 8.5 furlongs in 1:42.20 at Ocala Training Center Feb. 16. She ran second last out in the March 21 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park.
Fitz Just Right’s stablemate, Justwhistledixie, also worked a half-mile in :49 April 24 at Keeneland according to McLaughlin, who sent the latter filly out to the track around 8:30 a.m.
“(Justwhistledixie) worked great and came out of it in great shape,” said McLaughlin of the daughter of Dixie Union, who is also owned by West Point Thoroughbreds in partnership with Lakland Farm and Dee Hubbard.