Hind Injury Could End Mystery Giver's Career

(from Arlington Park notes)
Team Block's millionaire Mystery Giver, who finished 10th in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), was diagnosed with a non-life threatening injury to his right hind.

His racing future remained questionable Sunday morning, with a further analysis due after the swelling goes down later this week.

"There are no chips, and no fractures," said David Block, principle owner of Team Block and trainer Chris Block's father. "We'll wait for the swelling to go down after a couple of days and then we'll do an ultra-sound to see if there's a rupture of the suspensory or something like that, but in the meantime he's resting comfortably. He's a good patient.

"We thought something might be wrong when he didn't show us that usual 'Mystery Giver kick' turning for home," Block said, "and then he looked 'off' coming back."

Mystery Giver, a 6-year-old gelding, was Illinois Horse of the Year in 2002 and most recently was second by a head in the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 24. The son of Dynaformer, a homebred, won the Mervyn Muniz Jr. Handicap(gr. IIT) in March in New Orleans and was third in Churchill's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 1.

He has an 11-7-2 record in 33 lifetime starts with earnings of $1,165,900.