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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Plate hopeful Manor Lodge euthanized

Tragic news from the Eugene Melnyk camp Wednesday morning as the owner's leading Queen's Plate contender MANOR LODGE was humanely euthanized this morning following a 5-furlong workout at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky.
The homebred son of Dixieland Band - Marley Vale, a 30 to 1 quote in the Plate winterbook odds, fractured both sesamoid bones in his right front leg, according to Melnyk's farm manager Phil Hronec. The colt also dislocated an ankle and suffered a condylar fracture in the same leg.
Manor Lodge, who was trained by Todd Pletcher, was second, beaten just a neck in his only race which came on March 11 at Gulfstream Park. The colt was less than a week away from making his second career start.


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