Thumb_hersh Marcus Hersh , Fair Grounds , 03/24/2018 , Race 8 - DRF Live Posted : Mar 24, 2018, 5:55 PM

The Player has two fractured sesamoids in his right front leg

The Player, the popular chestnut horse who was pulled up on the far turn as the favorite in the New Orleans Handicap, fractured both sesamoids in his right-front leg, trainer and co-owner Buff Bradley said about a half-hour after the race.

"Obviously we're trying to save him. Right now we’re sending X-rays to the surgeon to see what to do," said Bradley.

The Player took the lead before the first turn Saturday under Calvin Borel but after setting a moderate pace to the half-mile pole he was overtaken by two horses, lost his position, and began to fade. He took no obvious bad step but was pulled up at about the 5/16 pole in distress while staying on his feet.  The Player was fitted with a Kinsey splint, walked onto the equine ambulance, and taken back to Bradley's barn.

We'll update this story at drf.com as more details become available.

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