Just Steel Undergoes Successful Surgery for Condylar Fracture

Just Steel | Sarah Andrew photo

Just Steel (Justify), who sustained a condylar fracture of his right front fetlock during Saturday's GI Preakness S., has had successful surgery at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, according to a post from Light Up Racing on X yesterday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage, who appeared in a video on the post.

“We're here with Just Steel this morning; this is the morning after his surgery,” said Bramlage, in the video shot Wednesday. “He's doing really well. He has a somewhat unusual fracture in that it's not just a straight line, it's shaped like an upside down Y so it has a V-shaped piece at the joint surface that we had to trap between two pieces of bone, but the surgery went really well. We put two screws in but he walked out of surgery sound after we walked him in lame, so that's generally a good sign. He's still sound this morning. We're not out of the woods for two months, because we have to see how that piece of bone heals but this is a really good start and we're happy with where we are today.”

In the video, Just Steel is shown walking back and forth in the barn without any visible lameness.

Just Steel was fifth in the Preakness behind his stablemate Seize the Grey (Arrogate).


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