06/22/2013 4:54PM

Belmont Park: Lovely Syn breaks down, to have surgery

Tom Keyser
Lovely Syn's racing career is over after she took a bad step in training.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Lovely Syn, the undefeated New York-bred 3-year-old filly, fractured a sesamoid bone in her left foreleg during a workout Saturday morning at Belmont Park, trainer Dominick Schettino said.

While Lovely Syn's racing career is finished, she was shipped to the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania on Saturday and was scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday in hopes of being saved as a broodmare prospect.

According to Schettino, Lovely Syn had just started a four-furlong workout over the main track when she took a bad step and was immediately pulled up by jockey Javier Castellano. Lovely Syn was working for a probable start in next Saturday's Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes.

Lovely Syn was vanned off and taken back to the barn, where X-rays revealed the injury.

Lovely Syn, a daughter of Freud bred and owned by the Joemar Racing Stables of Michael Parisi, had won the first four starts of her career by a combined 28 3/4 lengths. In a four-week period, she won two stakes - a 9 1/2-length score in the New York Stallion Stakes on May 5 and a 10 1/4-length victory in the $122,000 Bouwerie Stakes, restricted to New York-breds, here on June 1.

"There was no telling how good she was," said a devastated Schettino.

The Parisi family has had more success in the Standardbred game than with Thoroughbreds. In an interview with Daily Racing Form following the Bouwerie Stakes, Michael Parisi said, "I'm just enjoying the ride with her. I never had a horse at this level."

Lovely Syn was the third foal out of the dam Lemon Drop's Love. The other two, Lemon Tiger and Mightylover, were also multiple winners.

John More than 1 year ago
Lets hope the next story we hear is about Lovely Syn foaling a colt by Curlin, then all will be well in race land !
IndyOne More than 1 year ago
Prayers for a complete recovery for this lovely filly.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Praying for her to make it through this horrible injury.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
What a shame! This filly certainly lives up to the "lovely" part of her name and had unlimited potential. I'm sure the connections are devastated. Wishing for a speedy and full recovery for Lovely Syn.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
terrible news, i hope she's able to make a recovery and not a life threatening injury.
Mike More than 1 year ago
They turned down over a million dollars for her several weeks ago - very sad.....
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Steve Sanft More than 1 year ago
martymar . More than 1 year ago
4 career starts and race 30 days apart and that's over raced to you?
david More than 1 year ago
that's an absurd comment to make if you consider the facts.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
stupid comment
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
She had all the signs of being special on the track. Hope she able to overcome this injury.
Dick More than 1 year ago
Very sad news. Get well Lovely, what a beautiful horse she is.