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Old Bones
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I am sick about The Player. Hoping for positive outcome. Have known this colt since he was a foal.
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Lots of us got to know him a little with the stories about his habit of sitting down and photos of him laying his head under his stall webbing so he could beg for more treats. I really hope the big goof can be saved, but 'fracture in right front' sounds ominous. :(
Paulick article: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... d-stretch/
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I know him only from Buff's FB page and fell in love with him. Praying hard...

The Player has two fractured sesamoids in his right front leg
The Player, the popular chestnut horse who was pulled up on the far turn as the favorite in the New Orleans Handicap, fractured both sesamoids in his right-front leg, trainer and co-owner Buff Bradley said about a half-hour after the race.

"Obviously we're trying to save him. Right now we’re sending X-rays to the surgeon to see what to do," said Bradley.

The Player took the lead before the first turn Saturday under Calvin Borel but after setting a moderate pace to the half-mile pole he was overtaken by two horses, lost his position, and began to fade. He took no obvious bad step but was pulled up at about the 5/16 pole in distress while staying on his feet. The Player was fitted with a Kinsey splint, walked onto the equine ambulance, and taken back to Bradley's barn.

We'll update this story at drf.com as more details become available.
http://live.drf.com/nuggets/41339-the-p ... -front-leg

Bradley Racing Stable & Indian Ridge Farm shared The Player's post
My trainer asked me if I wanted to get up today. I mean really, didn’t I do enough yesterday? — at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.
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https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloo ... dley-farm/
BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:21 pm

Judging by that photo, The Player is a reincarnated Irish Setter.
But...TWO fractured sesamoids? :(
Didn't we recently lose Mourinho to a similar injury?
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Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:22 pm

Maria Kabel is with William Buff Bradley and 2 others.
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The player Update: He has broken both sesmoids right front ankle he is comfortable and is on his was to LSU for surgery Buff and Carl are going to let them do anything they can to save him Please keep Buff and Carl and everyone at Bradley Racing Stables and Indian Ridge Farm in your prayers this would be hard with any of our horses but I know this horse means so much to everyone and we appreciate everyone’s well wishes and prayers it means a lot I will update again as soon as I hear something

Everyone keep The player in your prayers and please do not bother Buff or Kim as they are obviously devastated as all of us are ,I cannot disclose the nature of the injury at this time But I can assure you everything and anything will be done to save him
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BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Judging by that photo, The Player is a reincarnated Irish Setter.
But...TWO fractured sesamoids? :(
Didn't we recently lose Mourinho to a similar injury?
I'm no vet but a lot will depend on the severity - clean break, or fragments? etc - and if they can maintain blood supply to the ankle/hoof, if there are complications during/after surgery, if laminitis develops, if colic develops... so many things can go wrong even if everything goes right. :(

Pulling for this guy... <3 :::crosses everything:::
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http://live.drf.com/nuggets/41353-the-p ... rtable-now
The Player will undergo surgery Monday at the Louisiana State University equine hospital in an attempt to repair his broken right front leg. The Player fractured both right front sesamoids, bones in the ankle joint, during the running of the New Orleans Handicap on Saturday at Fair Grounds.

The Player was pulled up on the far turn by jockey Calvin Borel, splinted, and vanned back to trainer and part owner Buff Bradley’s barn at Fair Grounds, where the specific nature of the injury was diagnosed.

Bradley, in s text message sent about 7:00 Central on Saturday evening, said he was en route with the horse to LSU. Bradley said surgeons will try to fuse The Player’s ankle

“So we will try to save him but know it won't be easy and we will not let him suffer,” Bradley said.

Even if the surgery succeeds, horses run the risk of contracting laminitis, which often proves catastrophic, during recovery from such injuries.
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I feel so bad for them. The Player's been such a special horse in that barn and on the farm. It may take a miracle to save him, but miracles have been known to happen.

As I watched the race, I saw no obvious "bad step." He just started fading back and then it looked like Calvin pulled him up pretty quickly. I haven't wanted to go back and watch it again though. #poweruptheplayer
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The Player, injured today at Fair Grounds, is resting comfortably and eating his hay. He will undergo surgery Monday by Dr McCauley and his staff. They will fuse the ankle and stabilize it. An update will be provided by his connections. We wish him the very best. #HorseRacing
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Sparrow Castle wrote:I feel so bad for them. The Player's been such a special horse in that barn and on the farm. It may take a miracle to save him, but miracles have been known to happen.

As I watched the race, I saw no obvious "bad step." He just started fading back and then it looked like Calvin pulled him up pretty quickly. I haven't wanted to go back and watch it again though. #poweruptheplayer
I couldn't see the race and didn't know the results until later, but when I heard The Player had gotten injured I got sick to my stomach. Rooting for him to have a successful surgery and things go his way...seeing him resting calmly in his stall gives me hope in that he has the right attitude to get through this. (Crossing fingers and toes.)
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:01 am

It’s times like this when I least like this sport. Hoping he makes it. My thoughts go out to The Player and his human family.
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From Facebook:
The Player is at LSU Farm and Large Animal Veterinary Services.
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I just got back from LSU and seeing The Player. He seems really good and not in distress or pain at this time. He had his share of peppermints and is ready to go for surgery in the morning. The other good news is that he made it though the night without problems and he laid down a few times to rest. We need him to do this often after surgery to keep the weight off his good legs to help prevent laminitis. Please know that I will keep his page updated as any news comes in. Sorry if I am slow to answer calls or text but I need a nap. PRAYERS for THE PLAYER ! Love to all.
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Prayers and good wishes for The Player and his human family!
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Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:04 pm

Good to hear. The Player's preference for sitting and for lying down with his head hanging out underneath the stall guard will serve him well in recovery. They need to bring him his pillow.
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My heart sank when they said he was pulled up--he is one of those special horses that everyone falls in love with--we are praying for you
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My heart sank when they said he was pulled up--he is one of those special horses that everyone falls in love with--we are praying for you
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Sparrow Castle wrote:Good to hear. The Player's preference for sitting and for lying down with his head hanging out underneath the stall guard will serve him well in recovery. They need to bring him his pillow.
I actually saw a pic on FB that showed just that- there was a pillow in place. Smart horse.
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I think The Player has a few things going for him that most do not. The obvious "bad step" was missing leading me to think his sesamoids weren't completely shattered and possibly less ligament damage. He didn't fall and Calvin pulled him up quickly. He loves to lay down. His owners are sparing no expense. Of course, there are still many things that can go wrong.

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I just talked with Dr McCauley and he said the The Player had a restful night and laid down a few times which is so important. They will start surgery soon but don’t look to hear anything before 4pm Central time at the earliest. I promise to post as soon as I see him standing! I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I am by the support of my friends and racetrack family! I also want to thank all the vets from Equine Medicine and Surgery for all the care they have given to The Player and the whole stable. We have all the confidence in Dr. McCauley and his staff(LSU) to give their best effort to care for our boy. I love you all and PRAYERS for THE PLAYER!

I scanned some of the comments and this was one of them:

Fernanda Camargo
I just had a meeting with Dr Steve Reed from Rood and Riddle and he said that The Player's chances are really good for a successful arthrodesis. Of course we don't have access to his x-rays, but he even made a comment that this horse is lucky he likes to lay down so much. He went on to say that there are many stallions and broodmares with fused ankles that perform greatly and have an excellent quality of life. Let's all pray this guy comes out of that surgical suite well and easy!
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:43 pm

Any updates?
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:02 pm

Said still in surgery and putting special shoe on other foot for stability. Should be a new update soon?
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