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Bond Holder Takes Turn for Worse with Laminitis; Outlook Guarded


By Dick Downey

According to a report at Bloodhorse.com, Bond Holder is suffering from laminitis and being treated at Equine Medical Center of Ocala.

Trainer Doug O'Neill told the publication that he's "guardedly optimistic" about Bond Holder's prognosis.  Bond Holder, wbo's been at the clinic since before March 7, is being treated by Dr. John G. Peloso according to the report.

Bond Holder had been pointed to the Feb. 22 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds but was declared out of the race by Feb. 19 after having difficulties during the flight from Southern California. Initially it was reported he sustained a cut. The colt was dropped off in Florida by a plane en route back to California after he was not handling another flight well.

Connections had him taken to Tampa Bay Downs and talked about running him in the March 8 Tampa Bay Derby, but that plan was soon abandoned, and Bond Holder was said to have developed a foot abscess.

On March 7, O'Neill was reported as saying, "The effects from that initial plane ride are still lingering and we think it is in his best interests to be in a clinic-like setting to be closely monitored. He didn't need to go and he has been receiving excellent care with the vets and farrier that come to see him daily, but we want the best for him and think this is the next logical step in his becoming 100%."

The issue was "just a little more than we initially thought," O'Neill added, and he called the reason for sending the colt to the clinic "nothing major."

Laminitis can occur in varying degrees, but, according to the report at Bloodhorse.com, "the essential definition of the disease is an inflammation of the sensitive laminae of a horse's foot. Both front and hind feet can be affected, though the disease is most common in the front hooves."


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