Surgery Successful for Bosque Redondo

Bosque Redondo is resting comfortably at Equine Medical Center near Cypress, Calif., after successful surgery to repair a sesamoid fracture of his right ankle and a condylar fracture of the cannon bone suffered during his fifth-place finish in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.

Bosque Redondo's ankle joint was fused and is now held together with 16 screws and a 14-hole metal plate.

Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, who performed the operation, said the surgery went very well and expects a full recovery. "When I left him Wednesday he was bearing full weight on his leg and he was eating, which is a very good sign. He will wear a cast for two to three weeks. His racing career is obviously over, but he will be able to move on to a career at stud."

The injury suffered by Bosque Redondo was nearly identical to those suffered by Saratoga Six, Mazel Trick, and Manndar. Each horse required the same surgical procedure as Bosque Redondo and are now enjoying a second career at stud.

Trainer Paco Gonzalez conditioned homebred Bosque Redondo for John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery. The same connections also campaign Pacific Classic winner Came Home.

Five-year-old Bosque Redondo, by Mane Minister out of the Cox's Ridge mare, Pima, won six of 17 career starts, including the San Berardino Handicap (gr. II) on April 6. He earned $478,470.