11/22/2010 12:38PM

Global Hunter recovering, will stand stud

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Benoit & Associates
Global Hunter came out of this victory in the American Handicap in July with a severe ankle injury.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Global Hunter, who suffered a severe ankle injury after winning the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park last July, was recently released from the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic in Los Olivos, Calif., and will stand the 2011 breeding season at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Global Hunter will stand for $3,500, with the hope that he will be bred to approximately 30 mares, according to trainer A.C. Avila.

Global Hunter has been at Magali Farms since early November, and was inspected over the weekend by Dr. Doug Herthel of Alamo Pintado.

Global Hunter “is walking really good now,” said Tom Hudson, manager of Magali Farms. “Dr. Herthel was here on Saturday and he couldn’t believe how well he was walking. He should have no problem breeding mares.”

Owned by Monte Pyle and Shawn Turner, Global Hunter, 7, has won 8 of 30 starts and $611,365. Immediately after the American Handicap, there was fear that Global Hunter could not be saved, but a plate and 16 screws were inserted into the injured leg to stabilize the injury.

Global Hunter began his career in his native Argentina, where he won three stakes. He won three stakes in this country, led by the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar in 2009.

Later in 2011, Global Hunter will be sent to Argentina for dual hemisphere stud duty, Avila said.