Tucked Away Has Surgery On Injured Leg

Tucked Away Has Surgery On Injured Leg
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Tucked Away (right), winner by a nose in last month's Hirsch, suffered career-ending injury earlier this week.
(from Del Mar notes)
Tucked Away, the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) winner who was injured while working on the Del Mar grass course Wednesday, underwent successful surgery on her fractured right foreleg Thursday night at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Bonsall.

Veterinarian Dr. Joseph Cannon performed the surgery in which a plate was inserted and the right ankle was fused.

Cannon said he expects the mare to be a patient at the hospital for at least 30 days.

The California-bred 5-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat fractured sesamoid bones while working on the turf, ending her racing career. Her foreleg has been stabilized in a cast, and she was standing and eating Thursday morning in her stall.

Tucked Away was injured while preparing to defend her 2004 Solana Beach Handicap title, trainer Patrick Gallagher said .

In the biggest victory of her career, Tucked Away, ridden by Alex Solis, nipped a surging Hollywood Story by a nose in the Hirsch, earning $180,000 for owner Nico Nierenberg. Tucked Away has five wins, seven seconds and five thirds in 29 lifetime starts and earnings of $582,956.

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