Ankle surgery a success, Weather Vane back home

Maryland-bred faces life as a broodmare

January 10, 1999|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Weather Vane returned home Monday from the hospital. Now her owners can focus on her future as a mother.

The overachieving Maryland-bred broke her right front ankle nearly two weeks ago during training at Pimlico. She underwent emergency surgery at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

On Monday, her leg wrapped in a soft bandage, she went home to Bill Delp's Kris-Nick Farm in Baldwin. Delp is one of the mare's owners, along with his brother Gary and father-in-law Pete Dillon.

"She's walking around her stall without much limp," Dillon said. "About her only limp is because of the bandage. Her coat's shiny, and she's eating. She's just doing very, very well."

The partners are now leaning toward keeping Weather Vane and breeding her to a Maryland stallion, and then either selling or racing her offspring.

Charles Town contests

Charles Town is conducting free monthly handicapping contests that could land the winner a spot in the World Series of Handicapping in October at Penn National Race Course.

The contests at Charles Town, in West Virginia near the Maryland border, will be on the third Wednesday of the month, this month through June. The opening one begins at 7: 20 p.m. Jan. 20.

Contestants must select one horse in six designated simulcast races. Each month's winner will receive $500. Information: 800-795-7001, Ext. 259.

Charles Town jockeys are winning in bunches. On Nov. 21, Travis Dunkelberger matched the track record with six wins, and in December, both Larry Reynolds and Richard Cornwell won five.

Thoroughbreds race at Charles Town Friday through Sunday. Post times are 7: 15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Sunday.

An Indy Flag, maybe?

Dixie Flag, the speedy Maryland-bred daughter of Dixieland Band and Thirty Flags, will be bred to A. P. Indy at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. Owned by Allaire duPont's Bohemia Stable, the 5-year-old mare retired with seven wins and earnings of $556,384 in 20 starts.

Pub Date: 1/10/99

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