Hoof Beats Magazine

DEC 2017

Official magazine of the U.S. Trotting Association, covering harness racing and the Standardbred horse.

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fter McRaven's stellar perfor- mance in the 46th edition of the James K. Hackett Me- morial at Miami Valley April 22, trainer Brian Brown was not only thrilled with the gelding's 1:51.4 victory, but was also relieved the geld- ing had finally displayed the form that he had seen in him all along. The son of McArdle – Scooch had demonstrated ability as a freshman with two wins in two starts in Ohio Sire Stakes competition and a mark of 1:53.3f taken at Scioto Downs. Brown was looking forward to a strong season with the $27,000 yearling purchase from the 2015 Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. Brown's visions of future success were dashed when McRaven was sidelined for the remainder of his 2-year-old season after sustaining a sagittal fracture of the long pastern bone (P1) in his left hind leg. "It was split right down the middle, but we did not consider it severe enough to repair it with a screw," Brown said. "It is a very common fracture and I have experienced it many times before. The only thing we could do was give him all the time he needed to heal, so we turned him out through the rest of the summer and fall. "It was very disappointing, because I thought he was the best Ohio-bred horse in my barn and I was really looking forward to putting him in the sire stakes program, then seeing what else we had in him." After fully recovering, McRaven, who is co-owned by Country Club Acres and L & H Management Services, returned to prepare for his sophomore season. In fact, Dr. Alicia Bertone, the chair of surgery and equine clinical medicine at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, explained in an interview with The Horse magazine that 85 percent of horses with this type of fracture have an excellent progno- sis to resume competition at the same level. Earlier this year, Brown was eagerly anticipating how the gelding would respond to his 3-year-campaign. He felt this horse was certainly worth the wait and had high expectations for him to continue his career with aplomb. Subsequent to his Hackett win, however, McRaven has visited the winner's circle on only one occasion, which was his next start on May 2. 90 HOOF BEATS DECEMBER 2017 Tummy Troubles Like most racehorses, pacing gelding McRaven deals with ulcers daily by Kimberly French PHOTO BY CONRAD PHOTOGRAPHY A Equine Clinic DASHED HOPES: After a P1 fracture ended his freshman racing season in 2016, McRaven appeared to be return- ing to form this year for trainer Brian Brown (third from right), handily win- ning the James K. Hackett Memorial in April, only to have equine gastric ulcer syndrome compromise his perfor- mance edge once again.

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