03/12/2013 1:37PM

Fair Grounds: Ive Struck a Nerve doing 'fine' after surgery

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Risen Star Stakes winner Ive Struck a Nerve (No. 8) had surgery Monday on a broken sesamoid in his left front ankle.

Trainer Keith Desormeaux reported Tuesday that he was informed that the ankle surgery performed the previous day on Ive Struck a Nerve “went about as well as can be expected. The colt came out of it just great and is standing and doing just fine.”

Ive Struck a Nerve suffered a fractured sesamoid in his left front ankle during a Saturday workout at Fair Grounds. Surgery that involved the insertion of one screw was performed in Lexington, Ky., at the Rood and Riddle equine hospital by Dr. Larry Bramlage, the noted equine surgeon.

Desormeaux said he expected that Ive Struck a Nerve would remain at Rood and Riddle for an additional “two or three days,” then would be sent to a farm for several months of rest before being reevaluated.

“I’ve had a couple of cases like this before, and it takes no less than six months before they can come back,” he said. “Hopefully, he’ll come back as good as new.”

At the time of his injury, Ive Struck a Nerve led the new Kentucky Derby qualifying system with 51 points and was virtually assured a spot in the May 4 Derby. He won the Feb. 23 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds at 135-1 to suddenly emerge as a Derby prospect.

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JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I am happy to hear I've Struck A Nerve came out of surgery doing well. I send him healing thoughts and hope he heals completely and is comfortable while he recooperates. I wish I've Struck A Nerve all the best and I very much hope he comes back better than ever at the end of 2013 or the Spring of 2014. Good luck and good fortune to you, I've Struck A Nerve, and good luck to Keith Desormeaux as well. The Rise Star was an entertaining race, and an excellent effort by ISAN to watch.
Jef Fawell More than 1 year ago
It really is too bad that these type of minor (or major) injuries can happen, but we all know that in this industry, it can happen at any time!!! That's why as a great trainer, you always try to get as many opportunities as possible!!! Good luck to Todd. I wish the best for the horse!!!!!
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Todd? Not this one. Good luck to Keith and connections, and of course ISAN. But your general point is all too true, unfortunately.