My Boston Gal, winner of the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II), is scheduled to undergo throat surgery later this week after the 3-year-old filly suffered a breathing problem in her fifth-place finish in last week's 129th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The Carl Nafzger-trained filly – owned by Chester Porter, Phil Milner and Randall Bloch – had displaced her soft palate, a problem that limits a horse's intake of air, during a fifth-place finish in the Davona Dale (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park earlier in the year. The trainer decided against surgery to deal with the problem at that point. She followed that poor effort with a runner-up finish to Ivanavinalot in the Bonnie Miss (gr. II) at Gulfstream and then scored a sharp victory over eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Bird Town in the Stonerside Beaumont. But Nafzger said jockey Pat Day found reason for concern as he was trying to rally the daughter of Boston Harbor on the far turn in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks.
"We knew going in it might bother her," said Nafzger. "Pat said he started losing horse at the three-eighths pole."
Nafzger noted that My Boston Gal's effort in the Oaks, in which she was beaten only 5 1/2-lengths by Bird Town despite her problems, is proof of her quality.
"It was a really tough race and she still tried," said Nafzger. "She came back (after the race) and you could see the frustration in her, because she's trying to breathe and get that air in there and couldn't get it in there."
Nafzger said he expects My Boston Gal to undergo the procedure to correct her breathing problem by Friday and, if all goes well, she would likely return to competition during the summer.