Dunachton Gale on shelf with break of coffin bone

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Maritime invitation pacing star Dunachton Gale will miss the rest of his 2007 season after cracking a coffin bone while flirting with the track record at Fredericton Raceway last Saturday night in the $7,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial.

TRURO - Maritime invitation pacing star Dunachton Gale will miss the rest of his 2007 season after cracking a coffin bone while flirting with the track record at Fredericton Raceway last Saturday night in the $7,500 Joe and Jennie Chippin Memorial.

Trainer Phil Pinkney of Truro said the six-year-old Island-bred stallion suffered the injury when he made a misstep at the five-eights in Saturday's race, which he won in 1:55.1, just a tick off the track record.

"He almost went on the run after he took the bad step, but he was game right to the wire." said Pinkney. Dunachton Gale paced his final quarter in 28.2 to win his 11th race from 14 starts this year. One of his losses was a third-place finish in the Gold Cup and Saucer.

Pinkney said the horse pulled up lame after completing the mile.

"I figured at the time that he had cracked a coffin bone." said Pinkney, who said this type of injury is not uncommon with race horses.

A veterinarian confirmed the injury on Sunday.

"It usually takes three to four months for an injury like this to heal." Pinkney explained.

Pinkney said Dunachton Gale was lame, but didn't exhibit any stress.

"He cleaned up his feed tub as soon as we got him home and he was full of himself on Monday morning. We expect he will be able to return to racing next year."

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