09/04/2013 10:26AM

St Nicholas Abbey has “best week” since initial surgery

Courtesy of Coolmore Stud
St Nicholas Abbey in recovery on Wednesday morning at Fethard Equine Hospital in Ireland.

One week after a broken weight-bearing pin complicated St Nicholas Abbey’s recovery from a fractured pastern, the 6-year-old Montjeu horse and six-time Grade/Group 1 winner has had what Coolmore Stud declared “his best week since his initial surgery.”

The Irish-based breeding operation announced Wednesday that, a week after surgeons removed the pin, St Nicholas’ Abbey’s “weight-bearing on the injured leg has improved gradually, and he is walking as well as can be expected with a cast. St Nicholas Abbey seems more content, lying down several times a night to rest, and his appetite is excellent, so he is starting to thrive. His temperature has stabilized and blood work has normalized.”

Coolmore’s release noted that the horse’s surgeons also are “more upbeat” in their prognosis but cautioned that he is not out of danger yet. St Nicholas Abbey remains at Fethard Equine Hospital in Co. Tipperary, where he underwent his initial surgery on July 24, a day after fracturing his right front pastern while training at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle base. Two days later, he underwent colic surgery.

St Nicholas Abbey is the only horse to win three Coronation Cups. He also won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf, the 2013 Dubai Sheema Classic, and the 2009 Racing Post Trophy.