Lady Eli, the Divine Park filly who is undefeated in six career starts, is battling laminitis, trainer Chad Brown said in a statement.
The three-year-old, who won last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and most recently won the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks on July 4, has earned $1,449,800 in her brief career for owners Sheep Pond Partners.
Statement from trainer Chad Brown, provided by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association:[su_highlight]“We have some unfortunate news to report from our barn. Following Lady Eli’s impressive victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks on July 4, she sadly stepped on a nail on the horse path on the way back to our barn and injured her left front foot. Despite our efforts, including a talented team of veterinarians, Lady Eli’s injury has led to her developing laminitis. Thankfully, we have assembled the best possible team of veterinarians and farriers to stabilize her and assist her through these difficult times. I ask that all of her fans keep this magnificent racehorse in their prayers and hopefully she will be back on the racetrack flashing her brilliance again.”[/su_highlight]