Leg fracture ends Disco Rico's career

November 02, 2001|By Kent Baker

Disco Rico, one of the top sprinters in the East, has suffered a leg fracture and will be retired to stud.

The injury occurred during the colt's victory in the Lite the Fuse Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park.

"He took a couple of odd steps, but there was nothing to indicate this," said his trainer, Val Testerman. "I was shocked."

The 4-year-old was taken to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, where an examination of his legs revealed the fracture.

Disco Rico was to have made his next start in the Grade I, $300,000 De Francis Dash at Laurel on Nov. 17.

There was talk around the track about a possible showdown with Xtra Heat, the speedy filly who ran a game second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last weekend.

Testerman said that the DiRico family, which owns the colt, is undecided as to where he will stand at stud after returning to her barn following surgery.

Disco Rico's biggest victory was Preakness Day in the Maryland Breeders' Cup against some of the nation's leading sprinters.

"We're heartbroken," Testerman said. "But it could have been devastating."

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