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Duneside Perch done for year

September 10, 2007

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Trainer George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Duneside Perch has suffered a cracked cannon bone in his left hind leg and will miss the rest of the year. The 2-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark had been scratched out of the recent Metro eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack after what Teague said was not a very good training mile.


Duneside Perch won his first three career starts—including the $175,000 Sire Stakes final—before finishing fourth as the heavy favorite in the $415,000 Woodrow Wilson Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. There were no eliminations for the Wilson and Duneside Perch then drew the outside post 10 for the final, and faded to fourth after taking the lead by the opening quarter.


Two weeks after the Wilson Duneside Perch won a qualifier at Mohawk, and then the following week was scratched “lame” from his Aug 25 Metro elim.


“He must have done it that Wednesday before the Metro, as Brenda didn’t like the way he came back (after training),” Teague said of his sister, who oversees the stable’s Canadian-based horses. “I shipped him to New Jersey and had x-rays done.


“It’ll all be timing. I’d like to give him extra time and get him ready for next May. Leave it alone, get an early start next year, it’ll give us more time, and it should work out better,” he added of the $160,325-winning colt he and Brenda share ownership of with Only Money Inc. and Rodney Mitchell. “The prognosis is very, very good, although that could always change. But it seems he should have no problems with it. We’ll just press on from there when the time comes.”


Teague added he hopes some blood issues he has had with his 4-year-old millionaire pacer Western Ace are behind him as he prepares to send the son of Western Ideal to Rideau Carleton Raceway for the Des Smith Memorial eliminations on Sunday. On Monday, Western Ace won a qualifier at Mohawk in 1:52.4, his first appearance since finishing sixth in an Open Pace at Mohawk Aug. 18.

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