11/16/2011 3:40PM

A.U. Miner, injured in Breeders' Cup Marathon, recuperating from surgery

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A.U. Miner's racing career is finished, but he is doing well following leg injury to repair the damage he sustained during the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

A.U. Miner, the 6-year-old horse who sustained a badly fractured left-front sesamoid on the final turn of the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, continues to make progress at the Hagyard Davidson McGee Equine Medical Institute after undergoing surgery to repair the injury.

“I got a report on him this morning, and he’s doing okay,” trainer Clark Hanna said Wednesday. “He’s off all injectable medicines and is just on oral bute,” referring to phenylbutzaone, and anti-inflammatory analgesic. “The doctors say that’ll be the case for the next couple of weeks.”

A.U. Miner, owned by Don Benge, had a plate and numerous screws inserted in the injured joint. His racing career is over after 25 races.

Well-bred maidens on Friday card

A couple of 3-year-old maidens in the fifth race Friday have pedigrees of some note. Poliziano is out of Pike Place Dancer, the 1996 Kentucky Oaks winner, while Pazitively Perfect was produced by 21-year-old La Paz, the dam of Forest Camp and Mission Impazible.

As an added twist, Poliziano, now trained by Jimmy Baker, finished fifth in September at Belmont Park in his only prior start when still under the care of Neil Howard – the trainer of first-time starter Pazitively Perfect.

Owners group honors Hancock

Seth Hancock, partner and manager in Claiborne Farm, is being honored Saturday night by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners at its annual awards dinner as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Warner L. Jones Jr. Award. The dinner is set for after the races in the Kentucky Derby Museum. Information is available at (502) 458-5820.

Claiborne celebrated its 100-year anniversary last year with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill with its homebred Blame. It was almost 40 years ago that Hancock, then 23, oversaw the syndication of Secretariat for a then-record $6.08 million.

Men’s fashion question

The Halloween shops are closed for the season. Leopard-print dresses, shoes, handbags, and more are predictable attire for many of the women. But what is appropriate for a fellow who wants to blend in with the “Animal Kingdom” theme during the “Downs After Dark” program Friday?

“Maybe a shirt, scarf, or hat with an animal print?” suggested a helpful woman named Saundra in answering the Churchill switchboard this week.