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Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby at The Downey Profile®

Royal Mo Injured


Hurt During Workout

By Dick Downey

Royal Mo's racing career ended today when Gary Stevens discerned an injury to the colt's right front leg near the end of a workout at Pimlico in preparation for the Preakness Stakes.

A report at Bloodhorse.com says Stevens heard a loud pop and pulled up Royal Mo. The jockey had come in from California to handle the move. He dismounted and held Royal Mo's leg until an ambulance arrived, and trainer John Shirreffs ran down from the grandstand.A splint was applied.

After being taken to the stakes barn, the colt was vanned to New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

Shirreffs said told Bloodhorse.com that X-rays taken in the stakes barn showed a fracture of the inside right front sesamoid.

"There isn't any other damage, so that's a very good thing for him, for his life after racing," the trainer said. "It's very difficult. There were a lot of hopes and dreams with Royal Mo from Mr. and Mrs. Moss and my wife, Dottie. They were all excited to see him run, so they're obviously devastated."

Stevens said the track was perfect and that Royal Mo "was enjoying himself" before the injury happened without warning.

Reports indicate Royal Mo's racing career is over, but the injury is not considered life-threatening.




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