09/14/2012 3:58PM

Hollywood Park: Potesta suffers condylar fracture during workout

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Potesta suffered a condylar fracture during a workout Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The brilliant 3-year-old filly Potesta sustained a condylar fracture Friday morning in a workout at Betfair Hollywood Park and was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday afternoon in an effort to save her life.

Mike Mitchell trains Potesta, winner of the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in her third career start and fresh from a track-record performance Sept. 2 at Del Mar, where she raced a mile on Polytrack in 1:34.86 winning the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes.

Potesta worked six furlongs Friday under exercise rider Adalberto Lopez and was galloping out after the workout when Lopez heard a crack. He jumped off the filly and walked her back to Mitchell’s stable. Early indications were not good.

“It looked pretty bad,” a heart-broken Mitchell said. “We want to save her, and her owners said to spare no expense.”

Potesta was transported by van to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, where she was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday afternoon to stabilize the injury. Mitchell said the injury was to her left front, high above the ankle.

Potesta is owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino and was aiming for the Grade  1 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, followed by a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic.

Potesta had four starts, three wins, and Beyer Speed Figures in her last two starts of 101 and 103.

“You just don’t get horses like her, that do things so easily,” Mitchell said. “She was a dream to train, to work with.”

A daughter of Macho Uno, Potesta will not race again, according to Mitchell. Joe Talamo rode Potesta to her three wins.