Imadeed's Prognosis Still Uncertain

Imadeed, who was injured in a fall in Saturday's WNBC Stakes, is doing well so far, but her long term prognosis won't be known until early next week. According to veterinary surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, who is caring for the filly at Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic near Lexington, her injury is not operable until the circulation in her right front leg improves. The filly tore her suspensory ligament and bowed a tendon.

"We need to fuse her fetlock, but she has enough vascular injury that we're waiting on that to pass," said Bramlage. "She's certainly not out of the woods and has a lot of healing to do yet, but her general physical condition is good so far." Either way, Imadeed will not race again.

Bramlage said he hopes to see circulation improve in the filly's leg so surgery could be performed early next week. She is currently on four medications to reduce blood clotting, and she is in a sling.

Imadeed was injured when she fell in Belmont's fourth race on June 8, the WNBC Stakes. Another runner, Pleasant County, fell over Imadeed, broke her neck, and died on the track. Imadeed has six wins in 17 starts and $213,380 in earnings. She finished second in the 2001 running of the WNBC. She is owned by the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm.