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Gallant Son undergoes knee surgery; out four months

April 14, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Gallant Son and jockey Leslie Mawing break from the inside post in the WTBA Lads Stakes at Emerald Downs on August 30, 2008.
(photo by Erin Palmer, courtesy of Emerald Downs)
Gallant Son recently underwent surgery for bone chips on both knees and will be out of action until at least this fall, trainer Frank Lucarelli said. The Malabar Gold colt apparently sustained the injuries while finishing seventh behind winner Pioneerof The Nile in the $750K Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and underwent surgery at the track’s equine clinic on April 10.

Lucarelli said Gallant Son (10-5-0-0-$161,988) came out of the surgery well, and that the colt could return to action next fall or winter. “Fortunately, the prognosis is good,” he said. “That’s the way it goes sometimes in this game. If you can’t deal with (the setbacks), you get out.”