03/26/2008 11:00PM

Euroears, 6-for-6 colt, done for year with injury


Euroears, who won three stakes this winter at Fair Grounds, sustained a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right hind leg during a routine gallop on Monday and will be out of training for the next six months, according to his trainer, Bret Calhoun.

"He has a very good prognosis," said Calhoun.

Euroears on Tuesday underwent surgery to have two screws placed in the ankle, a procedure that was able to be done with the horse standing. He is scheduled to spend recovery time at the farm of his Texas-based owners, Jim and Marilyn Helzer. The injury occurred at Fair Grounds.

"It was a routine gallop, and he came back to the barn and cooled out a little off," said Calhoun. "It was a brutal blow. Mr. Helzer, and me and my staff, we thought we were going to top races with him the rest of the year. We definitely had the Breeders' Cup in mind. We thought he was that caliber."

Calhoun is looking for Euroears to resume racing next year. The horse is undefeated in six starts and has earned $265,032. Euroears, a 4-year-old colt by Langfuhr, last raced in the $200,000 Kenner Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds on March 8, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 110.