06/15/2012 5:02PM

Yawanna Twist euthanized after surgery

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Tom Keyser
Yawanna Twist was euthanized after fracturing the femur in a hind leg while getting up following routine ankle surgery.

Yawanna Twist, the Richard Dutrow Jr.-trained New York-bred who won the Grade 2 General George in February, had to be euthanized after fracturing the femur in a hind leg while getting up following routine ankle surgery earlier in the week.

Yawanna Twist was at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington to have chips removed from each ankle. Coming out of anesthesia, Yawanna Twist apparently “got up the wrong way,” Dutrow said.

Yawanna Twist, a 5-year-old son of Yonaguska owned by Jim Riccio Sr.’s Steel Your Face Stables, won 5 of 13 starts and earned $525,467. He won the Grade 2 General George at Laurel in February and finished third to Alternation in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in April. In his final start, he finished sixth to Alternation in the Pimlico Special.

As a 3-year-old, Yawanna Twist finished second in the Gotham and Illinois Derby and ran fourth, beaten just 1 3/4 lengths by Lookin At Lucky, in the Preakness.