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  1. #1
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    Default Havre de Grace retired

    Read on Thoroughbred Champions forum that Havre de Grace has been retired after they found heat in her ankle.



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    Well.....SH*T!!!!!!!



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    ^^^Agreed.



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    I just looked up "desmitis" and it's one of those general medical phrases that doesn't mean much specifically. It's "inflammation of a ligament" and is the ligament version of tendonitis.

    From the x-rays you can see the injury site. I interpret what Dr. Bramlage is saying as that she has so much value as a broodmare that it would be foolish to risk that by continuing to race.
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    This is the sentence that told me the most:

    "The ligament tore more than half of its insertion onto the base of the sesamoid."

    That sounds pretty grim for a racehorse.



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    Bittersweet. Glad she's well to continue on her to her next career as a broodmare, and of course I'm glad the injury was caught early.

    But I'm equally sad to see this wonderful champion leave the racetrack.

    Can't add much more to what's already been stated, but I'll state the same thing that her owner Rick Porter said in his official press statement:

    Thanks, Grace, for all you gave us, and here’s to a long and enjoyable retirement.

    Nice tribute video to her and Blind Luck - epic!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vpqtt...407F1CB1DE096F



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    Thankfully,, she has had great care throughout and got checked out right away. A complete tear of that ligament can be very very bad. I am sure she will enjoy her new career as a broodmare and transition in a classy way. Best of luck to her, her trainer, and owners as they move forward with her rest and rehab from the injury.



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    ... and she is to be sold too. Which I find odd considering Porter isn't exactly a 2-horse operation. You'd think he doesn't need the money and could very easily book a stud with her and have her cared for under his ownership. You can bet that George Strawbridge Jr. would be elated with the almost never heard of feat of producing a homebred out of a HOY mare

    Porter told the Blood-Horse Monday that the 5-year-old daughter of Saint Liam would either be sold privately or go through the sales ring this fall.

    “I have a good ballpark figure (in mind) of what she’s worth,” Porter said. “We’ll have to see if someone wants to buy her before she goes through a sale so that they don’t have to go through a bidding war. If two of us can get together, we will; if we don’t, she’ll go through a sale.”



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    That's bittersweet. I love that filly. If she is bred this season, there will be some AMAZING 2yos in 2015.
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    I don't think Porter is much interested in breeding - he's much more interested in racing. He's kept a very few to breed, but most of them he sells on after their racing careers are over. He sold Round Pond too a few years ago, and also Hard Spun and Rockport Harbor.



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