Adventures in horse racing
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Phosphorescent had his first of three IRAP therapy sessions late last week, and his next is scheduled for Monday. After the session, he will be on stall rest for two days before going back out into a small paddock for a few hours each day. Click here to learn more about the therapy. We are about one month in the projected 3-4 month out of training period.
Mr. Fantasy is scheduled to have his third and final PRP treatment on Monday. He remains turned out in the dry lot for a few hours each day, and enjoys his time in the sunshine. Dr. Baker has found that PRP therapy alone is most effective in rebuilding cartilage in ankles. He’s conferred with his team of vets, and is going to bypass IRAP therapy.
We are about 7 weeks into the 4-5 month projected out of training period. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy :After taking a sample of the his blood, in minutes a high-speed centrifuge separates blood plasma rich in platelets from the red blood cells. This PRP with its associated growth factors is then immediately injected into the soft tissue of the ankle creating what some call a "super-clot" that serves to help create a biologic scaffold upon which the body's own cells migrate and produce new collagen fibrils along lines of tension in the structure being treated. PRP is a fast, stall-side treatment that uses the horse's own cells and molecules to stimulate more rapid and stronger healing in a variety of structures.
Brave Monarch worked three furlongs in 37:60 (15 of 21) over the training track at Belmont on Saturday morning at Belmont. Mike said, “The clockers recorded this as a three furlong breeze, but he went a full four furlongs in 51. I was very pleased with the work. Next time I’ll make sure the clockers put down a full four furlong breeze.” We’ll get a few more works into our colt before looking for a maiden special weight at Aqueduct.
The Defense Rests had some heat in his left front foot earlier this week. Since we’ve had some foot issues with this colt in the past, Kip had the blacksmith come out yesterday and put glue on shoes back on him. Kip thinks he bruised his sole or perhaps stepped on a rock that caused the irritation. He’s been doing well, and responded well to glue on shoes in the past, so this should help us. This does not look like a serious issue, but he will miss a few days of training. Accordingly, we are going to wait until this is completely cleared up before shipping up to Mike at Belmont.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The Defense Rests
*Been galloping very strongly each morning at Kirkwood
*He’s come along a little quicker than Kip anticipated. Accordingly, he is scheduled to resume speedwork with an easy breeze through the lane on the farm. This is good news.
*We’re going to get him up to Mike’s barn at Belmont early next week.
*Upon arrival, he will walk the shedrow for a day or two to acclimate to his new surroundings before heading to the track.
*When will he return to the races? That’s hard to say exactly right now, but based on our experience, we estimate end of January/February.
Phosphorescent will begin IRAP therapy later this week.
*Had second PRP treatment over the weekend. Stall rested for two days and is back outside each day in the dry lot.
*Dr. Baker will perform IRAP therapy this week.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
*Both ankles injected with hyaluronic acid earlier this week as part of Dr. Baker’s post surgical protocol. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the production of healthy joint fluid and decreases cartilage damage.
*In about a week, he will begin IRAP therapy to help reduce inflammation and to strengthen cartilage. Click here to learn more about the therapy
.*Later this he will begin a daily handwalking routine before starting daily turnout in the roundpen shortly thereafter.
*IRAP treatment is a three treatment series that takes place once a week. After each treatment, Phosphorescent will be on stall rest for two days before resuming turnout.
*Chamberlain Bridge, the horse we were ½ a length away from beating in the PA Governor’s Cup on July 31st won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. II) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
*Scheduled to have his second PRP treatment over the weekend.
*He’s been out in the dry lot for a few hours each day to enjoy the sunshine.
*In about two weeks, he will receive IRAP therapy to help reduce inflammation and to strengthen the cartilage in his ankles. Click here to learn more about the therapy.
*We are about one month into the 4-5 month projected out of training period.
The Defense Rests had another strong week of gallops in South Carolina and enjoyed the sunshine for a few hours each day when turned out in a small paddock on the farm. Kip indicated today that he’ll resume speedwork right around Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Click here to listen to yesterday’s Tuesdays at Two conference call with Mike Hushion. Brave Monarch is referenced about 5:05.
Phosphorescent*Post-surgical bandages were changed earlier this week.*Dr. Baker will inject his ankles with hyaluronic acid in about a week. Hyaluronic acid stimulates production of healthy joint fluid and decreases cartilage damage.*In about 2 weeks, Phosphorescent will begin IRAP therapy to help reduce inflammation and to strengthen the cartilage. Click here to learn more about the therapy.
Mr. Fantasy *Began PRP therapy this week. He will have one treatment per week for the next two weeks.*Dr. Baker gave him the go ahead to be turned out into a small paddock for a few hours each day to enjoy the sunshine. *After each PRP treatment every week, he will be on stall rest for two days before resuming turnout.*In about three weeks, he will receive IRAP therapy to help reduce inflammation and to strengthen the cartilage. Click here to learn more about the therapy.
The Defense Rests started galloping this week at Kirkwood Farm. Kip will gradually increase the intensity of his gallops over the next few weeks before resuming speedwork later in the month.
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