I Never Give Up was X-rayed this weekend and her left front ankle revealed a crack on one of the bones of her ankle. The Super Saver filly was still acting oddly after her right front foot was outfitted with a special shoe to help alleviate the tenderness she was experiencing in it so Nevada ordered a set of x-rays. The right front came back fine but the left front revealed a crack in one of her ankle bones that will force her to be retired from racing.
The oddity of the left being the issue is even more astounding when viewed through the prism of the way she raced and was working. As we know, she lugged in toward the inside rail when she would switch leads for the run down the stretch. Generally, if a horse is sore, they will shy away from the side that hurts. In other words, a disturbance in her right front would have caused her to lug in NOT a bone break in her left front.
Of course we don’t know how long the injury has been in place and may have only affected her in the last race since she was never quiet able to bounce back from that one, though she certainly came close. The vet was amazed at what must be her pain tolerance threshold. She could jog every morning yet when Nevada push on her a little harder to get her closer to a work then a race, she would come back not quite right. She would walk out of it eventually and continue to be able to jog okay, but not go really hard.
She could make a relatively nice broodmare for someone so that’s what we’re looking at now. If we can’t move her quickly she will be relocated to a farm for turnout since that expense is considerably less than being on track.
In an odd year that saw us earning money but not winning races, this is certainly an ignominious end to a frustrating 2018 season. We ran a lot, hit the board but couldn’t get to the line first.
Once we get the filly off the payroll we’ll gather up the last bills, pay everyone off and then take a look at the season and see what, if anything, we can do differently in 2019. We want to keep this fun an educational but we also want to win races. It is tough having a year where we didn’t win a race since that has never happened in the Club’s history. Bad year’s happen but that doesn’t mean we can’t step back, take a hard look and see what we can do differently in coming years.