Crackup Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Stan E. Fulton's Crackup, who finished sixth in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) on March 8 at Golden Gate Fields, underwent surgery last week to remove bone chips from both front ankles. He will be turned out for several months, trainer Rafael Becerra said.

"He had chips in both ankles, but the ones in the right were bigger," Becerra said. "The one in the other ankle was so small and didn't really bother him, but we figured since we were doing the one we might as well go ahead and do the other too."

The sophomore son of Distorted Humor won the Cal Cup Juvenile and Great State Challenge Juvenile last year, but has had problems in his two starts at 3. He bled slightly in both the El Camino and the Santa Catalina (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Jan. 18, according to Becerra. He will be on the shelf to recover from his surgery as well as to rest.

"From the first day I got him way back in May, he never missed a day," Becerra said. "Not one day. So I think I'll leave him on the farm three, maybe four months. That way he can recover from the surgery and we can take care of that little bleeding problem he developed.

"We're not in any big hurry with him, so I may not bring him back to run again until the Cal Cup (at Oak Tree in October). Or maybe even for the Breeders' Cup (Oct. 25). You never know, anything can happen."

From a career line of 7-3-1-1, Crackup has earned $283,828.