05/31/2013 4:17PM

Belmont: Disposablepleasure's career in jeopardy after injury sustained in Phipps


The multiple graded stakes winner Disposablepleasure exited her fourth-place finish in Monday’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap with a fracture of the cannon bone of her left foreleg, her owner, John Greathouse, said Friday. She also has a villonodular mass – an inflammation of a membrane – in the fetlock joint, Greathouse said.

Disposablepleasure will be given time to recuperate at Greathouse’s Glencrest Farm in Kentucky before being re-evaluated in 60 to 90 days to see if a return next year is possible.

“It would be a bit of a stretch to think we would be able to bring a horse back at 5 being off that long, but we’ll give her all chance to do that or not,” Greathouse said. “The biggest disappointment is she seemed to have been better this year than she’s ever been.”

Disposablepleasure, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle at 2, won her first two starts this year including the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne. Disposablepleasure, a daughter of Giacomo, has a record 4-3-1 from 15 career starts with career earnings of $535,460.

Back-to-back dead heats

In a racing rarity, there were consecutive dead heats for win on Friday’s card at Belmont Park.

In race 3, a $64,000 New York-bred second-level allowance, Anaphylaxis caught Copper Forest in the final jump as they put their noses on the wire simultaneously.

In race 4, a $76,000 third-level allowance race, Smash and Leave of Absence made it to the wire at the exact same time.

Jockey Luis Saez was involved in both as he rode Copper Forest and Smash. Saez went on to win race 5 with Hardest Core.

While it is uncertain if, or when, there were back-to-back dead heats for win on this circuit, there were three dead heats on the Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct on April 8, 2006.

On that card, Saint Anddan and Criminal Mind dead-heated for second in race 5; Naragansett and Emotrin dead-heated for third in race 6; and Karakorum Tuxedo and Megatrend dead-heated for win in race 10.