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Painter's Rags Sidelined After Chip Excision Surgery


Will Be Off About 60 Days

By Dick Downey

Painter’s Rags, trained by Graham Motion, won't be able to climb on the Derby Trail and will miss serious training for about two months after having a small chip removed from his left ankle.

This winter, Painter's Rags was sent to by Motion to Florida from Fair Hill Training Center along with Irish War Cry to prepare for stakes efforts. Painter's Rags finished third behind Battalion Runner and Beasley in a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming allowance on Feb. 3 at Gulfstream Park, and it was then the chip was discovered. Public disclosure was made by Motion today.

Motion said Dr. Dean Richardson, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, performed the procedure in West Palm Beach the last weekend of February.

“He came out of the race with a little flake. Dean was nice enough to come down and do the surgery, and we were able to do it standing up at the clinic,” Motion said. “He’s going to have to walk for another 30 days and then he’ll probably go up to Fair Hill and start on the Aquatred. He won’t be back in serious training for another 60 days probably. It was pretty minor, but it was enough where I thought we needed to deal with it. It worked out really well.”


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