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Starbird Road Begins Treatment

July 4, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

Starbird Road (#2), with jockey Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo aboard, storms to the lead to capture the Seattle Handicap at Emerald Downs on May 6, 2007, over Wasserman (#3) in second, Westsideclyde (#6, left) in third, and The Great Face (#1) in fourth.
(photo by Erin Palmer, courtesy of Emerald Downs)
Seattle Handicap winner and The Racing Journal's June coverboy—Starbird Road—had bone marrow taken from his hip Monday, which will be used to grow stem cells for treatment of a strained high suspensory ligament.
The stem cell therapy is used to treat the strain, which caused a hole in the ligament located under his left front knee.

If all goes as planned, according to trainer Sharon Ross, the stem cells will be injected back into the ligament around the end of July, which promotes quicker healing and a stronger ligament.
Ross intends to bring the 6-year-old gelding back to the track next year to compete in the Longacres Mile series.

“He's a very smart horse,” Ross said. “He knows he's on vacation.”