The vet came by and checked on Jerry this morning. It turns out that he seriously bowed a tendon in his leg. A “bow” is simply a horseman’s term for “tear”. Damage to flexor tendons occurs commonly during exercise. Even in fit horses, a tear can occur during a fast work, work on unleveled ground, work involving jumping at speed, racing, or training. The degree of damage can range from minor, with little fiber damage to very severe with total tendon rupture occurring. Jerry’s injury fell short of a total rupture but severe enough that he will not be able to race any longer.
Jerry has already been sent to Russ Rhone’s training farm in south Shakopee where he will await transport to Bowman’s Second Chance Ranch in North Dakota on Monday. Doctor Richard Bowman is a vet that founded this organization to rehabilitate and rehome injured thoroughbreds coming off the track. You can learn more about this tremendous organization here: http://www.bowmanthoroughbredadoption.com/home.html
This is a depressing setback, no question. Paying $7500 to retire a horse is a terrible use of limited funds, but there was no way of knowing that this would happen in the race either. It is sad that it happened – especially for the horse. For the record – and I know people are wondering – I have known Bernell Rhone (previous trainer) for years and he would never knowingly run an injured horse. Clay gave him the once over before the race and the horse showed no signs of an issue. He simply got to racing and was injured to no fault of anyone. It is, however, tremendously bad luck.
We will reevaluate this weekend and see what direction we will head in and keep you all posted. There is still some room to do something else so we’ll look and see the best way to go forward.