Updated on 09/17/2011 1:40PM

Madcap Escapade out for the year


Madcap Escapade, winner of the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes, will likely not race for the remainder of the year after a hairline fracture was detected in her hip.

She had worked Thursday at Churchill Downs - her second breeze since finishing third in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks - covering five furlongs in a bullet 58.60 seconds. Despite how quickly she breezed, trainer Frank Brothers sensed she was not entirely comfortable.

Saturday she was sent to Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine clinic in Lexington, Ky., where a nuclear scan revealed her fracture.

Although her injury was just recently diagnosed, Brothers speculated that she might have been bothered by the fracture for weeks. "It probably started in the Oaks, although you couldn't really detect it," he said.

Brothers said she will receive 60 days of stall rest and then be turned out on a farm for another 60 days. "She'll probably be ready for winter racing at Gulfstream after the first of the year, or thereabouts," he said.

Madcap Escapade, a daughter of Hennessy owned by Bruce Lunsford, won the first four races of her career, including the Old Hat Stakes and Ashland, before suffering her first defeat in the Kentucky Oaks. Her prognosis for recovery is "100 percent," said Brothers.