Race Plans for Alligator Blood Postponed as He Needs Surgery
QUEENSLAND, Australia – David Vandyke has considered letting his charge, Alligator Blood, compete in The Gateway. This horse race is on December 12, 2020, in Brisbane, Queensland’s Eagle Farm Racecourse. Besides this 1,400-metre tilt, Vandyke has also expressed his interest in allowing his galloper to take part in the Magic Millions Cup. This sporting event is on January 9, 2021, as per Australian horse racing tips and news website, JustHorseRacing. The 1,400-metre Magic Millions Cup will take place in Queensland’s Gold Coast Racecourse.
Nevertheless, Vandyke has acknowledged that his race plans for Alligator Blood would not be pushing through. This week, veterinarians’ test at the University of Queensland’s Gatton campus indicated that Lake Superior and All Too Hard’s son has degenerative modifications to a number of his dorsal spinous processes, otherwise known as kissing spines. With this diagnosis, Alligator Blood needs to undergo back surgery.
On Friday, Vandyke informed both the Racing New South Wales and Queensland Racing Integrity Commission or QRIC’s stewards about Alligator Blood’s current medical condition. He confirmed that the Queensland Horse of the Year would not join the horse races happening in the summer carnival. Alligator Blood’s trainer also said that the forthcoming surgical procedure for his ward means that the racehorse would have to take a break from racing for at least four months.
Vandyke cited that he felt uncertain whether Alligator Blood’s back problems had prevented him from delivering his best performance lately. The racehorse trainer, however, expressed his happiness with the veterinarians’ diagnosis, which he took as a sign that his four-year-old gelding will achieve a full recovery later on. Vandyke affirmed that Alligator Blood’s present medical issue might have had impacted his running, although he said that they had not witnessed any clinical indicators during the sprinter’s recent preparation. The bay-coloured Sunshine Coast Turf Club resident did not disappoint his trainer and team with his latest runs, as per Vandyke.
In recent months, Alligator Blood was actively competing. He raced thrice in the spring, according to Australian horse racing news and information portal, Racenet. Additionally, at Doomben, the 2020 Group 1 Australian Guineas champion got beaten as favourite first up. The same scenario was in the 2020 Silver Eagle in Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse last October. These sporting events took place with Alligator Blood taking part and demonstrating sound health before he failed to let down in the $7.5-million Golden Eagle Race Day held at Rosehill Gardens on the last day of October.
Based on the definition provided by the Kentucky Equine Research, global equine nutrition, consultation, and research organisation, “kissing spines” refer to a condition in racehorses most often of Warmblood, Thoroughbred, and Quarter Horse breeding. Plus, it is quite common in dressage horses. Kissing spines involve two or more of the bone flanges sticking up from every vertebra located in the spine, or spinous processes, and rubbing against or touching each other.
Horses diagnosed with kissing spines may develop various body problems such as arthritic alterations, back pain, and bone cysts. They can recover their health via shock wave therapy and engaging in specific exercise programs. Additionally, kissing spines can get treated via corticosteroids injections over the back, withers, and croup, diminishing inflammation.