Weemissfrankie needs surgery

Updated: December 11, 2011, 11:47 PM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form



INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Weemissfrankie, one of the nation's top 2-year-old fillies, was scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday afternoon after being diagnosed with a non-displaced condylar fracture following a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes.

Trainer Peter Eurton said that prominent veterinarian Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith was scheduled to conduct the surgery at an equine clinic in Cypress, Calif., not far from Los Alamitos Racecourse, on Sunday afternoon.

"She did get injured," Eurton said. "It's a non-displaced fracture."

During the surgery, screws will be placed in Weemissfrankie's right foreleg to stabilize the injury. The recovery period is expected to be four to six months, which will rule the two-time Grade 1 winner out of the major stakes for 3-year-old fillies in the first half of 2012.

"Normally, with this kind of injury, it's four months off, but it could be six months off," Eurton said. "We probably won't start her back until May. The prognosis is good."

Weemissfrankie was the 4-5 favorite in the Hollywood Starlet. After stumbling at the start, Weemissfrankie was last of six for the first six furlongs, and closed to finish 2 3/4 lengths behind race winner Killer Graces. Eurton wondered whether a stumble at the start could have contributed to the injury.

"She wasn't reaching out completely all the way down the lane," he said. "Who knows? I'm glad she made it around the track before anything really bad happened."

Owned by a partnership, Weemissfrankie has won 3 of 5 starts and $559,920. After beating maidens in her debut at Del Mar in July, Weemissfrankie won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.