It was distressing for fans to read the most recent Coolmore Twitter post on October 23 that announces St Nicholas Abbey’s setback during his lengthy and complicated recovery. The incredibly strong horse has already been through so much only now to face yet another hurdle. The six-year-old stallion has “developed mild laminitic changes in the left fore."
Coolmore wrote that the laminitis developed during the previous 24 hours in the uninjured leg – St Nicholas Abbey fractured his right foreleg while taking a training run on Jul 23. On July 24 he underwent a lengthy operation to set the leg only to suffer a new devastating blow when he developed severe colic and went into surgery again.
This is disappointing as he is now weight bearing and walking well on the operated (fractured) leg which has healed amazingly well to date. Although laminitis could be a life threatening complication, we are hoping the condition will stabilize.
Obviously the next weeks are critical in his recovery, but St Nicholas Abbey remains comfortable with a good appetite and incredible attitude.
St Nicholas Abbey has nine wins with two second places and seven third place wins during his racing career. He was out of the money in three starts. St Nicholas Abbey earned a total of $7,863,492 in 21 starts. His grade/group I wins include the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf, Investec Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (three times), Racing Post Trophy, and Dubai Sheema Classic, all grade/group I events.
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