Moonlight D’Oro, Charlie’s Penny Both Off Oaks Trail Due To Injury

Recent stakes winners Moonlight d’Oro and Charlie’s Penny have both been taken out of consideration for the 2021 Kentucky Oaks due to injury.

According to bloodhorse.com, G3 Las Virgenes Stakes winner Moonlight d’Oro was diagnosed with a chip in her right knee. The Spendthrift Farm and MyRacehorse-owned filly will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove the chip, and is expected to require 60-90 days off after the procedure.

“There was a little bit of heat, they took an X-ray, and found a small chip,” Michael Behrens, founder and CEO of co-owner MyRacehorse, told bloodhorse.com. “This is why we’re with (trainer Richard) Mandella’s team; he always does right by the horse and cares about what is best for the horse. He thinks it’s best for the horse to do the surgery now and shut her down, and we’re going to do what’s best for her. We’re hopeful this will be just a small setback.”

Lothenbach Stables’ homebred Charlie’s Penny, easy winner of the Silverbulletday Stakes, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture to her shin, reports the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Chris Block reported that x-rays were taken after a small bump on her shin was found, but it took a second round of x-rays to uncover the small fracture. The Race Day filly will head to Florida for 90 days off.

“It’s a tiny fissure line but it’s there, and I’m glad we caught it when we did,” Block told drf.com.

Read more at bloodhorse.com and drf.com.

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