St Nicholas Abbey, the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf winner and multiple Group 1 winner in Europe and Dubai, is “struggling to overcome the laminitis in his left front foot,” which Ireland's Coolmore Stud said is “life threatening.”
The 6-year-old son of Montjeu, owned by associates of Coolmore and trained by Aidan O'Brien, suffered a career-ending injury during a routine gallop in July. A statement on Coolmore's website said the setback is the “single biggest complication he has faced since his initial lifesaving surgery” and that the next few weeks are critical.
“The worry is that if the condition progresses and further sinking of the pedal bone takes place it may prolapse through the sole of his foot,” the statement said, adding that the horse's appetite and demeanor remain “incredibly good” despite the setback. “We are just hoping that he can turn the corner.”
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