04/19/2013 4:32PM

Grace Hall sidelined with fracture


Grace Hall finished last as the even-money favorite in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn on April 12, and there now may be a reason for the poor effort.

In a recent trip to the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, Grace Hall was diagnosed with a partial fracture of the lateral wing of the coffin bone on her right front foot, according to Reynolds Bell, an adviser to owner John Clay. Grace Hall also some bruising of her left front foot, Bell said.

Bell said that Grace Hall would need 30 to 60 days off, but is expected to return for a fall campaign. Grace Hall will be hand-walked for 30 days at Mia Comet farm in Lexington, Ky., before being re-examined.

According to Bell, Rood and Riddle’s Dr. Larry Bramlage “said it would take 30 to 60 days to resolve itself and the prognosis is favorable. He doesn’t expect it to be anything we’d have to worry about going forward.”

Grace Hall, a 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker, has won 6 of 13 starts, including the Grade 1 Spinaway at 2 and a trio of Grade 2 stakes at 3.

She was purchased by Clay’s Alpha Delta Stables for $3.2 million at last November’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky auction.

“We have to put this behind us,” said Bell, adding that perhaps trainer Tony Dutrow “can get her where she was before this race and see what the fall looks like.”