Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play may not be suffering from a foot
separation after all.
That's the word from trainer Dr. Ian Moore this morning from the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
"Last night after the race he was still sore on it but better. I had
him x-rayed last night and then put a poultice on with the intention of
x-raying him again this morning. Now in looking at the foot I beginning to
think he's about ready to pop an abcess but we can't be sure just yet.
"We're going to examine him again shortly but I won't be leaving here until
I'm sure of the situation and he's looked after," said the Charlottetown
"He ate all of his supper and then I came back at midnight to check on
him and give him another little snack. This may disrupt our plans for
Lexington but I'm not worried about that after yesterday.
The two heat world record by Shadow Play was an exclamation mark for the
son of The Panderosa who had been battling difficult post positions all
year. A disappointing draw in the Confederation Cup eliminated any chance
of a battle with Somebeachsomewhere.
"I can't say enough about the courage this horse showed after winning
that first heat. When David Miller went to go on the track I told him that
if this horse took one lame step to bring him back and we'd scratch him
which would have been a big blow to him because he chose our horse for the
final and was really pumped up.
"David is the only driver who stuck with me and never bailed when things
didn't go right. Through the summer he called a couple times to see how
things were going and I'll never forget that."
Those sentiments were echoed by partner Bathurst, New Brunswick's Ron
McLelland of RG McGroup who shares interest with Serge Savard and Moore.
"Unless you lived through it you cannot put into words the ups and downs
of the day. From having won an elimination to getting the call that the
horse is so sore he may have to be scratched to winning the final the way
Shadow Play did was an emotional roller coaster," he admitted.
"My wife Gail (a co-owner in the horse) has battled cancer and for us this was just a tremendous
win. I'm so proud of that horse for what he did and deserves every bit of
recognition that he can get."
Sam Stoltzfus of Pennsylvania bred the colt and has a full sister to
sell this year at the Harrisburg auction. The dam Matts Filly p,2,1:55.3
($63,606) is a daughter of Matts Scooter.