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Balto Star Fixed By Stem Cell Treatments
US Gr1-winning 7YO gelding Balto Star (by Glitterman) "has resumed training at owner-breeder Stuart Subotnick's Anstu Farm in New York & could return to the races by the end of the year, after undergoing stem cell treatment for a tendon tear in his right front leg," reported thoroughbredftimes.com. The injury was detected after Balto Star's victory in the 2004 Gr2 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Handicap & knocked him out of a scheduled start in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf. Subotnick confirmed: "We employed some of this stem cell technology that is being utilised out in California. We sent a mass of his fat out to California. They extracted the stem cells & sent back basically an injection that we injected into the tendon, & he's recuperated to the point that he's galloping a couple miles. If things work out right & the stem cell treatments work as they are supposed to, which is that they are supposed to heal better & heal stronger, we hope to have him back before the end of the year." Balto Star has won 12 of 38 starts (including the Gr1 United Nations Handicap, Gr2 Arkansas Derby & Turfway Spiral Stakes) & earned US$2,363,780.