10/14/2011 4:01PM

Keeneland: Here Comes Frazier on the mend after surgery

Coady Photography/Keeneland
Here Comes Frazier crashes into the inner rail during the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, throwing jockey Julien Leparoux.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Here Comes Frazier, the 2-year-old colt who suffered multiple injuries when crashing into the inner rail while on the lead in the Bourbon Stakes last Sunday on the Keeneland turf, underwent what was termed successful surgery Thursday by his attending veterinarians at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Trainer Ken McPeek reported the colt might even have a chance of racing again, albeit not for quite some time, after Dr. Alan Ruggles performed surgery to remove multiple bone fragments from his right rear tibia. The colt also incurred a nondisplaced hairline fracture of the talus bone in the same leg, a type of injury that will require only time, and not surgery, for it to heal properly.

Here Comes Frazier was expected to be released from Rood and Riddle sometime late next week, McPeek said.

Here Comes Frazier won his only previous start by seven lengths and was leading the Bourbon when he suddenly swerved inward, throwing jockey Leparoux over the rail in a frightening sight that Keeneland photographer Jeff Coady captured perfectly. Leparoux suffered minor injuries and missed just one day of riding.

Ward pleased with Dancinginherdreams

Trainer John T. Ward Jr. said he was very pleased with the way Dancinginherdreams ran in defeat Thursday in her first try in more than six months. Dancinginherdreams, with Leparoux aboard, was an odds-on favorite when beaten a length by Zermatt in the 6 1/2-furlong Polytrack race.

“I’m tickled, actually,” Ward said afterward. “Julien said the filly did everything right and finished up strong. It should set us up for something even better.”

Dancinginherdreams was one of the most highly regarded horses in the 2-year-old filly class last fall after easily winning the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. She now has lost four straight races since.

Zermatt, trained by Todd Pletcher, was returning from an even longer layoff, having last raced at Gulfstream Park in Feburary. The 4-year-old Tiznow filly is now 2 for 2 over the Keeneland Polytrack. She earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure, with Dancinginherdreams getting an 80.

Gomez ends 22-race win drought

Garrett Gomez snapped a rare 0-for-22 streak to open the meet when winning a race here Wednesday. The 2007-08 Eclipse Award winner for top jockey then gave a textbook ride aboard a filly named Font in winning a Polytrack allowance route here Thursday for Barclay Tagg. Gomez was scheduled to ride his final day of the meet Saturday, after which he will ride Sunday in Canada before returning home to Santa Anita in California to be with his family.

Leparoux, the leading jockey here through Thursday with 10 wins, also will be at Woodbine on Sunday for the rich Canadian International card as will John Velazquez, who has ridden regularly here early in the meet.

◗ Strike the Moon and Groupie Doll, the respective one-two finishers in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks last month, are among those expected for the stakes highlight of next week, the Grade 2 Raven Run next Saturday, Oct. 22.

Twenty-four 3-year-old fillies have been named to the $250,000 Raven Run, which goes at seven furlongs on Polytrack. Three other stakes are set for next week: the Grade 3 Sycamore on Thursday, the Grade 3 Valley View on Friday, and the Dowager on Sunday.

◗ Trainer Michael Matz reported that Somali Lemonade, an impressive winner of the Jessamine Stakes here Thursday, came out of her race in good order and will resume galloping Tuesday in pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.