03/19/2014 1:34PM

Santa Anita: Bond Holder battles laminitis

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Bond Holder, winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner, has been in a Florida veterinary clinic for the last two weeks.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Bond Holder, the winner of the Grade  1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last September, is being treated at a veterinary clinic in Florida for laminitis, trainer Doug O’Neill said Wednesday.

Bond Holder has been at the Ocala clinic for the last two weeks since he missed a start in the Tampa Bay Derby on March  8.

“We’re dealing with laminitis in his hind left foot,” O’Neill said. “We’re guardedly optimistic. The doctors said it’s day-to-day. It can go the other way real quick. It takes a while to go the right way. He’s in good hands.”

Laminitis is a painful hoof disease that can sometimes prove fatal.

Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, Bond Holder has 1 win in 7 starts and earnings of $366,000. Bond Holder was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November and fourth in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, his most recent start.

O’Neill had Bond Holder in Louisiana for the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 22, but did not start the colt because of an unsettled plane trip from California. Bond Holder was sent directly to Florida for the Tampa Bay Derby, but did not start after O’Neill expressed concern about the condition of a foot.

Sharla Rae Sanders More than 1 year ago
No one lied. I work in the barn and know exactly what happened and learned that the onset of Laminitis can come on very quickly, which happened with Bond Holder. We are heartbroken by the turn of events Greg to suggest anything else is just plain wrong.
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Hail No More than 1 year ago
I;m sorry you feel that way, Greg, laminitis, is an equal opportunity plague in all horses..
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Hope he comes out healthy.
Sharla Rae Sanders More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your good thoughts.
William Tuffey More than 1 year ago
I am not an expert on laminitis but I suspect the problem had started before the flight. In my experience laminitis is caused by hard work, like jumping fences, older stallions, working on hard race tracks or large horses, like draft/draft crosses, or overweight horses. Once the horse founders and there is a shift, their careers are almost always over. Paytner is the only horse I have seen to resume his career, and I was very happy for him. Hopefully Bond Holder will have the same success but it is a long road. I think Paul Reddam does what is right for his horses. From what I have read in the form, horses in CA have had a lot of foot issues due to the hard surfaces and high sand content which causes quarter cracks and, maybe not in this case, is why they ship out so much to race.
Laura More than 1 year ago
is the laminitis a result of an injury during that flight? or was he so unsettled in the flight because there was already a problem brewing in his hoof and he couldn't get comfortable within the confines of a traveling box?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very observant Laura, I would say Bond Holder was unsettled due to the injury prior to the flight. It was a coincidence I'm sure in the timing of it all,
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Good post, Laura. This dreaded disease affects a lot of horses,
Paul More than 1 year ago
Let's face it. It won't go well. How many horses this year have bad hooves? By the time drf writes an article its almost a foregone conclusion.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Good Luck, Bond Holder, and Doug, hopefully, it will go the right way..
Sharla Rae Sanders More than 1 year ago
Thank you for your good wishes