01/15/2013 5:20PM

Fair Grounds: Sign to have surgery, off Kentucky Oaks trail

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Sign won the Pocahontas Stakes in November at Churchill Downs by four lengths in her most recent race.

Sign, the undefeated 3-year-old Pulpit filly, is off the Kentucky Oaks trail because of an injured hind ankle, trainer Al Stall said Tuesday.

Sign won her career debut at Saratoga by almost 12 lengths, then captured the Pocahontas Stakes in November at Churchill by four lengths in her most recent race. Stall said Sign had initially had had a bone bruise in the ankle diagnosed sometime after her last start, but the injury never improved in two months, and now Sign is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday in Kentucky to insert a stabilizing screw in the ankle.

If all goes well, Sign could return to action sometime this summer, Stall said.

fbwinners More than 1 year ago
I know Al Stall personally and he has some bad luck of late with his big guns. Watch out for Bind if he stays sound this coming year. He looks like a beast now since his time off from last year.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Calistoga
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Sometimes these 'bruises' work from inside-out... Two months? C'mon man!