09/25/2011 12:58PM

Banned faces long recovery after surgery to stabilize sesamoids

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Benoit & Associates
Banned, winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, is recovering from surgery to stabilize his sesamoids.

Banned, winner of three graded stakes this year, underwent successful surgery Saturday to stabilize sesamoids that were injured during a turf workout at Santa Anita on Thursday, trainer Tom Proctor said.

Proctor emphasized Sunday that Banned faces a lengthy recovery.

“He’s doing really well,” he said. “We’re still very guarded about his prognosis. Everything is good so far. We’ve got to give it more time.”

Banned is recovering at Proctor’s Santa Anita stable.

The winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 4, Banned has won 5 of 10 starts and $599,476 for owner Glen Hill Farms.