Mr. Jordan Exits Surgery Well


TDN Rising Star Mr. Jordan (Kantharos), winner of the Gulfstream Park West's Juvenile Spring S. Nov. 8 and Smooth Air S. Nov. 29, has been sidelined after undergoing surgery earlier this week. The Eddie Plesa, Jr.-trainee was originally thought to have torn a ligament, but the prognosis was even better than thought. “It's a better-case scenario than I would have thought,” Plesa said. “They did surgery on him Monday and the prognosis is that he'll come back 100%. The time frame–the actual down time–will be 45 to 60 days, not as long as I had originally thought.” As for the surgery, the conditioner stated, “It's hard to explain. There's a bone that can protrude above the knee that can rub on the ligament. That's what it ended up being. When we first did the ultrasound of him, it looked like his check ligament was torn. But we did it immediately after the injury and it was kind of a foggy picture, because you can't see as clearly as you'd like to. After we took the initial one, we sent him up to Ocala and took another ultrasound and it showed what I just said and they went ahead with the surgery. But until you get in there, you don't know the extent. It was one of those cases where it went so well, the surgeon called me. I kind of liken it to a trainer calling an owner. Sometimes they don't want to call, but when they do, there's usually a winner involved. That was the case with the surgery.”

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