06/18/2006 11:00PM

Ticker Tape sidelined after surgery


Ticker Tape is missing from the list of invitations for the $750,000 CashCall Mile. The winner of the 2004 American Oaks and one of the leading turf females in California in the last few years, Ticker Tape underwent surgery last week to have two screws inserted in a cannon bone and is out indefinitely, trainer Jim Cassidy said. The injury was detected following a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes here on May 29. "It wasn't right" after the race, Cassidy said of Ticker Tape's cannon bone. "We had it x-rayed and saw a crack." Owned by James Peyton's Forging Oaks Farm, Ticker Tape has won 8 of 31 starts and $1,452,396. Her lone stakes win this year came in the minor Tuzla Stakes in January. She won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in 2004. Cassidy said he is hopeful that Ticker Tape can return to racing. Peyton said "get her straightened out and we'll talk," Cassidy said. "I'm hoping she can make it back."