Afleet Alex Sidelined by Condylar Fracture

Cash Is King’s Afleet Alex, dramatic winner of the Preakness and runaway winner of the Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), underwent surgery yesterday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic after suffering a condylar fracture. The 3-year-old son of Northern

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Cash Is King’s Afleet Alex, dramatic winner of the Preakness and runaway winner of the Belmont Stakes (both gr. I), underwent surgery yesterday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic after suffering a condylar fracture. The 3-year-old son of Northern Afleet is now out of consideration for the upcoming Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) and Travers Stakes (gr. I) but could return for a fall campaign.


Trainer Tim Ritchey noticed something was not quite right with Afleet Alex’s left front fetlock joint after training hours at Belmont Park Tuesday morning. Radiographs were taken that showed a shadow. Ritchey immediately sent Afleet Alex to the NJEC in Clarksburg, N.J. There, it was determined he had a condylar fracture.


Ritchey accompanied the colt to the clinic and observed the surgery, which was performed Wednesday afternoon by Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, of New Jersey Equine Clinic.


“It’s a relatively common type of fracture in Thoroughbred horses,” Hogan told The Blood-Horse Thursday morning. “It occurs in the bottom of the cannon bone at the level of the fetlock joint. In Alex’s case, it was caught very early before it had the opportunity to progress into a more significant injury

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Steve Haskin is Senior Contributor to The Blood-Horse magazine, sister publication to The Horse.

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