Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Irap underwent surgery at the New Bolton Center on Monday to repair fractures to both sesamoids in his left front ankle, an injury believed to have been sustained during the running of Saturday’s Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby. The colt was pulled up after crossing the wire in second place behind West Coast; a Kinzie splint was placed on his left front leg to stabilize it, and he was vanned back to the barn area.
Irap remained comfortable in his stall Saturday evening, and shipped to New Bolton on Sunday. Monday’s surgery was performed by noted equine surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson, the same man who treated Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Trainer Doug O’Neill announced via Facebook that the 3-year-old son of Tiznow came through the three-hour surgery well, and that he was “flawless” when coming out of the anesthesia.
“He’s such a classy colt,” said O’Neill.
According to drf.com, the surgery involved fusing the ankle joint and applying metal plates to the area to improve stability. Irap was woken up from the anesthesia in a pool of water, and “walked comfortably back to his stall.”
Plans call for Irap to remain at New Bolton for two to four weeks while the hospital team watches for signs of infection or laminitis, and when he is able, the colt will be flown back to California to continue his recovery.
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