06/14/2013 5:24PM

Churchill Downs: On Fire Baby doing well

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Barbara D. Livingston
On Fire Baby, winner of the Apple Blossom, spiked a fever high enough to warrant observation at a veterinary clinic.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage reported early Friday that staff members at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., have informed him that they have been unable to precisely determine what caused On Fire Baby to spike a high fever earlier this week, but that the filly’s condition is satisfactory and that she likely will be released from the clinic by Sunday.

“They said she’s brighter, more alert, and her respiratory system is stable,” Hartlage said. “They’ve run all kinds of tests and have a few theories. The good thing, though, is they say she’s doing a lot better, and it looks like she’s going to be sent home.”

On Fire Baby has earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in both of her starts this year, a victory in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom and a just-miss runner-up finish to Authenticity in the Grade 2 La Troienne. Bred and owned by Anita Cauley, the gray 4-year-old filly was withdrawn from consideration from the Fleur de Lis Handicap on Saturday night at Churchill after being transported Monday evening to Hagyard when taking ill.