07/08/2012 10:04AM

Calder: Field Commission suffers condylar fracture in Smile Handicap

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Field Commission was to have surgery Sunday for a condylar fracture in his right hind leg suffered during the running of Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Handicap.

MIAMI – Trainer Curtis Garrison reported that Field Commission suffered a condylar fracture in his right hind leg during the running of Saturday’s Grade 2 Smile Handicap at Calder. Field Commission was scheduled to have surgery Sunday.

Field Commission, who returned from an 18-month layoff to win the Ponche Handicap here four weeks earlier, was stalking the pace of Artefacto when pulled up suddenly by jockey Manny Cruz nearing the half-mile pole of the six-furlong Smile.

“He was sitting in perfect position when this came about,” Garrison said. “The rider said all of a sudden he felt something funny in behind and pulled him up. I’m not sure if he might have been bumped from the side a little or perhaps had his heels clipped.”  

Garrison said the injury was definitely a career-ending one for Field Commission who will retire with eight victories and earnings of $1,026,266 for owners Edward Seltzer and Larry Baum.  His most noteworthy win came in Woodbine’s Grade 2 Nearctic during fall 2009.

Jennifer Morrison More than 1 year ago
is there an update to this champion please?
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
What a shame. Good luck with the surgery, Field Commission, and have a happy retirement. You did a great job. Good luck to his connections, and take very good care of Field Commission, he deserves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hindsight is 20/20 but I bet they wish they would have kept him retired now.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Tough old hard-knockin' Racehorse. I hope they do take care of him. He's earned it!