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Princess Popstar is fine

Trainer of the filly, Philip Feanny, not worried

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER

Tuesday, December 31, 2013    

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It was quite noticeable that Princess Popstar was not firing on all cylinders in the final furlong of her win in the Supreme Ventures-sponsored Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes on Boxing Day (December 26).

Then news began circulating that she got bruised in the starting gates and even lost a shoe. Trainer of the filly, Philip Feanny, in an interview with the Complete Racing Guide on the day after the progeny of Adore The Gold - Doc's Paladin won her fourth race from four starts, said there was really nothing to worry about and the filly was fine.

"Princess Popstar bruised one of her hocks in the starting gates before the actual start of the race on Boxing Day. It was quickly noticed by the jockey Winston Griffiths, who reported same as soon as he came back to the winners' enclosure," Feanny said.

The former many-time champion trainer said Princess Popstar had been checked by the veterinarian, who confirmed that the situation was not something to worry about.

"Of course, we did the necessary checks to find out the extent of the injury. Thankfully, it was a minor injury. 'Princess' is fine, she is eating well and will now rest to heal properly before racing again," Feanny said.

Reflecting on the performance of Princess Popstar and Rocketman, his other horse in the Two-Year-Old Stakes, Feanny was pleased with the efficiency of the filly. "Given the situation, Princess Popstar was outstanding; she is an outstanding filly as one can readily see by her final time of 1:38.4 for a mile. As to Rocketman, he seems to stay forever, and given normal development will do well, especially in the longer races," Feanny informed.

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