J. Paul Reddam's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner I'll Have Another was automatically put on the vet's list at Santa Anita Park on April 20 after undergoing extracorporeal shockwave therapy, but trainer Doug O'Neill said the son of Flower Alley will go off the list after 10 days and his training for the Kentucky Derby is not being affected in any way.
Horses are not permitted to race for 10 days in California after receiving the therapy.
“We don't do it a lot, but we shock-waved his back,” said O'Neill. “He gets a little tight in the lumbar area right behind where the saddle sits. It's Paul Reddam's horse, and he was OK spending the money to do the therapy.”
I'll Have Another, who defeated Creative Cause by a nose in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby, had his first workout after that victory last Thursday, April 19, going six furlongs in 1:13.60 at Hollywood Park. He walked the shedrow the next morning, then went to the equine clinic on the backstretch of the Inglewood, Calif., track for the treatment.
“This horse is treated like a king and he is a king,” said O'Neill. “We're bringing a chiropractor to Kentucky. Shock-waving does help if you've got some tightness in the back, but it's not the kind of treatment that is going to make a slow horse fast.”
O'Neill said he is planning to work I'll Have Another at Hollywood Park this Friday.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy, first used by equine practitioners in the late 1990s, has been found to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of ailments, including navicular syndrome, tendon injuries, osteoarthritis, ringbone and back pain. It can have a short-term analgesic affect, dulling pain sensors, and is not permitted within a certain of number of days prior to racing, depending on the jurisdiction. For more information on extracorporeal shockwave therapy, click here.
California Horse Racing Board rules automatically place a horse on the vet's list for 10 days when it undergoes shockwave therapy.
Square Eddie, a previous Kentucky Derby candidate owned by Reddam and trained by O'Neill, had a similar experience in 2009, receiving shockwave therapy in April and going on the vet's list before coming to Keeneland to run in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, where he finished third. He was taken out of consideration for the Derby when the same shin treated with shockwave therapy began to bother him in his training.
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