Katkin American recovering from fractured cannon bone
November 04, 2020
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Trainer James Yoder has reported that Katkin American, who was a late scratch Saturday night from the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, has undergone successful surgery to repair a fractured left front cannon bone. Yoder posted on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that the injury occurred when the 5-year-old gelding Katkin American “took a bad step warming up for his race.”
Unraced at two, the Brett Boyd Racing-owned son of Guccio also missed all of 2019 recovering from a broken sesamoid in a different leg.
Katkin American won five of 12 starts as a 3 year old and more than $200,000. This year, Katkin American had seven wins and two seconds in nine starts, increasing his career earnings to $389,376. Heading into the Crown race, Katkin American was riding a three-race win streak, including a 1:51.4 victory in the Indiana Sires Stakes Aged final on Oct. 16 at Hoosier Park. The time missed his career mark set on Aug. 29 in an Open Trot at Hoosier by just two-fifths of a second.
Katkin American was listed as the 5-1 third choice in the morning line for the Crown Open Trot, behind prohibitve favorites Gimpanzee and Atlanta.
“He was taken to Centaur Equine Specialty Hospital for surgery,” wrote Yoder. “Surgery went great and he is feeling good and eating his bananas. Hoping he has a speedy recovery and hopefully we will see him back in action for 2021.”