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Updated on 11/03/2012 1:48PM
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic: Questing okay after being pulled up
By Mike Welsch
ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that Questing, who was eased entering the backstretch and subsequently vanned off following Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies' Classic, showed no signs of any serious injury after being examined upon returning to her barn.
“She cooled out fine,” said McLaughlin, who trains Questing for Godolphin Racing. “She has no major injuries. She was never on the bridle. She just did not want to perform today.”
McLaughlin said Questing would ship out to Kentucky on Monday.
“We’ll scope her and check her out further here and then send her to Darley’s farm in Kentucky for a rest and further examination,” he said.
Breeders' Cup on-call veterinarian C. Wayne McIlwraith said there were "no obvious abnormalities" following a veterinary inspection of Questing after the race, although the stewards did call for a special post-race blood tests to be taken on the filly.
Questing's performance was somewhat reminiscent of Life At Ten's race in the 2010 Ladies Classic in which she also quickly lost contact with the field and was eventually eased across the finish lane far behind the leaders. After the race track stewards called for a special post-race blood test to be taken on the filly.
Questing, a 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, was an easy winner of both the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama this summer at Saratoga. She was beaten a head by My Miss Aurelia as the 2-5 favorite in Parx’s Grade 1 Cotillion in her start prior to the Ladies' Classic.
SEEN THIS BEFORE
When was her eye injury discovered and who or what clobbered her hard enough to close it? Did she hit the gate or what???
Fire the Stewards like you fired Veitch. This whole sport is so far out there its ridiculous!
Glad to see this update and will look for further update after the scope and exam. I saw this little girl at PARX and she was just so game the way she dug in against Aurelia. I was a Hard Spun fan and this filly has her daddy's mane and tail. I hope they figure out the cause for her being flat yesterday.
You know it could have been she didn't like the track--Z had a tough time Churchill Downs. But the jock I believe did ABSOLUTELY the right thing. Sometimes it just isn't the horses day to race. In any event I hope Questing will be shown to just be tired and needing a rest. I hope good things for her.
I will feel better once Questing is checked out thoroughly. Saying she's fine right now when she so obviously did not want to race makes me feel uneasy. I'm sorry, it does. I would rather know for sure that she is okay. Her good health is what is most important to me.
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