10/08/2007 12:00AM

Teuflesberg has surgery for two fractures

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Teuflesberg had an excellent chance to survive a career-ending injury suffered Saturday at Keeneland before going into surgery Monday, according to Jamie Sanders, who trained the 3-year-old Johannesburg colt.

Noted equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage was scheduled to perform surgery at the Rood and Riddle clinic to repair fractured sesamoids in both front ankles Monday afternoon, Sanders said.

"This has been devastating for all of us," said Sanders. "Fortunately, Dr. Bramlage is giving him an 80 percent chance to recover and hopefully be able to go on to a stallion career."

Teuflesberg suffered what was described as a closed fracture of his left front sesamoid less than a quarter-mile into the six-furlong Phoenix Stakes on Saturday. Jockey Julien Leparoux pulled the colt up and was not injured. However, apparently while trying to keep weight off his injured leg, the colt also incurred a less serious fracture of his right front sesamoids, said Sanders, and surgery was scheduled for both joints.

The left-front sesamoids "are not shattered; there's a clean break," said Sanders. "That's why Dr. Bramlage gave us such an optimistic prognosis."

Sanders and her fiance, Donnie Kelly, are part-owners of Teuflesberg, along with Gary Logsdon and Jeff Singer. Instead of waiting for a ride, Sanders and Kelly, along with several of their barn staff members, ran through the Keeneland infield as soon as the rest of the Phoenix field passed through the stretch. The distance they covered on a dead sprint was probably more than a half-mile.

"I didn't know I had that in me," said Sanders. "That might be the fastest I've ever run."

Teuflesberg retires as a winner of 5 races in 21 starts and $621,981.

Sadly, the Teuflesberg breakdown wasn't the most horrific accident involving the Phoenix. About 20 minutes before the race, Florida shipper Dream of Angels had to be euthanized after flipping over in the paddock. The colt lost his balance and fell with the brunt of his weight landing on his head. He was soon euthanized after hemorrhaging badly from the skull.

About an hour later Saturday, a second ontrack breakdown occurred in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity when longshot Gold Train suffered a catastrophic leg injury as the field turned down the backstretch. The colt was euthanized.

Biancone off to slow start

Trainer Patrick Biancone was handed a one-year suspension for medication violations by the Kentucky stewards just hours before the meet began Friday, and things didn't get any better once the races began. Biancone went winless with his first 12 starters over the three-day opening weekend, including a rash of beaten favorites in major races.

Biancone runners were favored and lost in four of the FallStars Weekend features: Irish Smoke in the Darley Alcibiades, Baroness Thatcher in the Thoroughbred Club of America, Lady of Venice in the First Lady, and Nownownow in the Bourbon.

Still, Biancone had three seconds from the weekend, notably with Slew's Tiznow in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity and Cosmonaut in the Shadwell Mile. Stable earnings for the meet were $316,278 going into Wednesday.

Biancone has appealed his suspension with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority. Among his alleged violations is possession of cobra venom, a prohibited Class A substance that can act as a powerful painkiller.

Biancone, the leading trainer at the 2006 fall and 2007 spring meets at Keeneland, wasn't the only trainer to go winless with a slew of starters on opening weekend, as Ken McPeek, who enjoyed a terrific spring meet here, went 0 for 17. The leading trainer is Bill Mott with four wins, followed by Christophe Clement with three.

Student Council keeps fit

Student Council, winner of the Pacific Classic and Hawthorne Gold Cup in his last two starts, breezed an easy half-mile Monday morning in 51.20 seconds over the Keeneland Polytrack.

Student Council is one of at least three Steve Asmussen-trained horses being prepped at Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup. Curlin, who like Student Council is pointing to the BC Classic, was scheduled to work here Tuesday. Kodiak Kowboy is training here toward the BC Juvenile.

* Ravel, knocked off the Triple Crown trail in March with an injury, continued to progress toward a comeback race, breezing five furlongs Sunday in 1:00 over Polytrack. Todd Pletcher, who was overseeing his Keeneland and Churchill Downs strings for several days before being scheduled to return Tuesday to New York, was on hand for the work.

* Florent Geroux has had a short-lived stint on the Kentucky circuit. The 21-year-old French jockey will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering two fractured vertebrae and a broken wrist in a Friday spill. Geroux was injured when his mount, Primetime Lassie, fell in the stretch when clipping heels. Geroux had begun riding races in the United States at the recently ended Turfway Park meet.

* The $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and $200,000 Perryville on Saturday highlight the stakes schedule this week. The QEII, a Grade 1 turf race, is expected to have a sizable field of 3-year-old fillies, with Dreaming of Anna among the likely favorites. The rest of the stakes are the $150,000 Jessamine on Thursday, the $100,000 Franklin County on Friday, and the $150,000 Bryan Station on Sunday.