08/19/2013 12:13PM

Saratoga: Fiftyshadesofgold injured, will miss rest of year

Barbara D. Livingston
Stakes-winning filly Fiftyshadesofgold will miss the rest of the year with a broken left shin and a chip in her right knee.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Upon further review, Fiftyshadesofgold did not escape the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes here unscathed.

Fiftyshadesofgold, who was interfered with along the rail in the stretch of the Aug. 11 Adirondack by Who’s in Town, has a fractured left shin and a chip in her right knee and will be out for the rest of the year, according to trainer Bret Calhoun.

Calhoun said doctors told him that Fiftyshadesofgold should make a complete recovery from both issues.

Fiftyshadesofgold, who won her first two starts, including the $100,000 Debutante Stakes by eight lengths at Churchill Downs, arrived at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Monday and was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday, Calhoun said.

Calhoun said the fractured shin was diagnosed last week, a few days after the Adirondack, in which Fiftyshadesofgold was steadied twice by jockey Corey Lanerie after Who’s in Town, under Joel Rosario, came over on her. Calhoun said the chip in the knee wasn’t discovered until Monday morning, when, upon arrival at Rood & Riddle, a complete set of X-rays was taken of the filly.

“When you have a race like that, you don’t end up winning, and then she comes out of it with an injury, it’s very disappointing,” Calhoun said. “It was a roughly run race. I thought right after the race we were OK, but then the third or fourth day, we realized we had a problem.”

Calhoun also trains Bahnah, the dead-heat winner of the Grade 3 Schuylerville on opening day. She is being pointed to the Grade 1 Spinaway here Sept. 1.

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