01/06/2012 8:01PM

Santa Anita: Undefeated Ismene has knee surgery


ARCADIA, Calif. - Ismene, the undefeated winner of two stakes, will be sidelined until the summer after recently undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from a knee, trainer Bill Spawr said.

The surgery was conducted last week, having been diagnosed in the days after Ismene’s win in the fillies division of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

“She’ll need 90 days off and she can come back,” Spawr said. “She’ll run at Del Mar.”

She had been mentioned as a candidate for the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 18.

Owned by Stephen Ferraro, Ismene, a 3-year-old filly, has made three starts, winning a maiden race at Del Mar last summer, the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita in October and the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes. She has earned $150,630.