Owner/trainer Buff Bradley said surgery on The Player went well Monday in Louisiana following a breakdown in Saturday's New Orleans Handicap.
“They have put a plate and 16 screws in his leg,” Bradley wrote in a Facebook post. “This took well over seven hours and getting up took another few hours…
“Dr. McCauley and his staff at LSU have done a wonderful job in a complicated surgery. I am a bit emotional after seeing him stand on his own and bearing weight on all four legs and then walking to his stall. Now we have to hope for no infections and that no laminitis sets in. Keep praying (its working) as he still has a long way to go.”
Bradley said The Player broke two sesamoids in his right front foot in Saturday's race at Fair Grounds. The Player had been leading the race but Jockey Calvin Borel pulled him up on the far turn.
The 5-year-old son of Street Hero has five victories from 14 starts, including this year's Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap and the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland last year. A Bradley homebred, the horse is co-owned by Bradley and Carl Hurst.
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