The winner of the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes is slated for surgery. Went the Day well will have a tie-back operation [laryngeal hemiplegia] in Versailles, Kentucky. Apparently, he had a left vocal cord that was completely paralyzed.
Went the Day Well, four-year-old son of Proud Citizen out of Tiz Maie’s Day, ran fourth in the Grade I Kentucky Derby in 2012 and finished fifth in a March 3 allowance at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Dr. Gary Priest traveled to Fair Hill Training Center to evaluate the horse. It was decided to go ahead with the surgery to be performed by Priest in Kentucky.
Team Valor’s CEO Barry Irwin said, "Dr. Priest has done several of these for Team Valor and all of them have been successful, some more so than others. He did the surgery that allowed Ebony Flyer to win a pair of grade I races in South Africa."
The video accompanying this article is an actual laryngeal hemiplegia being performed on a three-year old horse with this exact condition.
After the tie-back surgery in Kentucky, Went the Day Well will have at least 30 days of total rest. It is a possibility he’ll be able to race again within 60 days of returning into training.
Went the Day Well was bred in New York by James Patrick Delaney. The horse has been trained by Graham Motion and currently holds two wins, two seconds from eight starts. His earnings to date are $417,114.
Link to read more about tie-back surgery [and “roaring”]
Source: Blood Horse
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