05/27/2002 11:00PM

Legislator has surgery on leg


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Legislator, the promising turf horse who was pulled up in the first turn of the $200,000 Diamond "A" USA Stakes at Lone Star Park on Monday, suffered a condylar fracture in his right front leg and underwent surgery in Texas on Tuesday.

"He's under the knife right now," said trainer James Bond on Tuesday. "We're praying he comes out of it okay."

Legislator underwent surgery at an equine hospital located about 20 minutes from Lone Star. The colt's prognosis has yet to be determined, but a typical condylar fracture can keep a horse from the races for about six months.

On the heels of his impressive win in the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf at Churchill Downs on May 3, Legislator was the even-money favorite in the USA, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. Overall, he has won 3 of 6 starts and $143,626. The horse is owned by William Clifton of Waco, Texas.