Royal Mo breaks bone in hoof

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BAL­TI­MORE —

Royal Mo has frac­tured a bone in his hoof dur­ing a work­out in prepa­ra­tion for next week­end’s Preak­ness and was taken to a vet­eri­nary hospi­tal for treatment.

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was aboard Royal Mo on Sun­day when he says he heard a pop while turn­ing into the stretch at Pim­lico.

Trainer John Shirreffs says X-rays re­vealed a frac­tured sesamoid bone in the colt’s right front hoof. Royal Mo’s leg was placed in a boot and he was taken to the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia’s New Bolton Cen­ter. Sesamoid in­juries can take four to eight weeks to heal. Shirreffs says there isn’t any other dam­age to the South­ern Cal­i­for­ni­abased colt.

Royal Mo didn’t get into the 20-horse field for the Ken­tucky Derby, so Shirreffs had pointed him to­ward the Preak­ness, which is Satur­day. The three-yearold colt, owned by for­mer A&M Records co-founder Jerry Moss and wife Ann, won the Robert Lewis Stakes and fin­ished third in the Santa Anita Derby.

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