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Crack UK Sprinter Pearl Secret Suffers Fracture
Richly talented UK sprinter Pearl Secret (Compton Place-Our Little Secret, by Rossini) is out for the season after suffering a rare injury that has ruled him out of Friday's Gr2 King George Stakes (5 furlongs) at Glorious Goodwood, reports racingpost.com. The 4YO, who ran a cracking 3rd in the Gr1 King's Stand Stakes at his most recent outing, fractured a splint bone in his near foreleg under his knee, an injury described by vets as "extremely rare". David Barron, who trains the entire for Qatar Racing, described the news as "terribly disappointing", saying: "He pulled out perfectly sound on Saturday and was fine when we put him on the walker - we can only assume the injury occurred while he was on it. I have never heard of a fractured splint bone in quite such a position under the knee," he remarked. Barron rates Pearl Secret as the fastest horse he has ever put a bridle on. "Among the many top sprinters I have trained he is without doubt the quickest." Unfortunately Pearl Secret may never get the opportunity to fulfil his potential with Barron adding his chances of returning to the track were "50/50 at best."