BH Lisas Boy Update

The multiple Grade 1 winner is expected to miss three months.

Edited press release

Bh Lisas Boy, pictured here winning last year's Bank of America California Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos, is recuperating after he underwent knee surgery last week. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Bill Hoburg, the owner and trainer of multiple Grade 1 winner Bh Lisas Boy, updated the racing media on the condition of his homebred 5-year-old on Thursday.

Bh Lisas Boy underwent knee surgery to remove chips on July 7, five days after the gelding won the Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos. Hoburg is confident that Bh Lisas Boy won't have to miss this year's Champion of Champions (G1), which will be run in December.

“He’ll need to be off for about three months,” said Hoburg. “We received a good prognosis after the surgery, and all signs point to him being off and resting for about two to three months. I am looking at my watch right now and it looks like I have six months, three days and about four hours as I am saying this. I really believe that with three months off, I can get this horse ready for the Champion of Champions.”

BH Lisas Boy has been the top older horse at Los Alamitos this season, and he is ranked fourth in the AQHA Racing Poll. He has won all five of his starts and has banked $153,120 this season, but he began to show signs that something was bothering him a few days after the Vessels Maturity.

“The horse walked out of his stall with no limp,” Hoburg said. “But we are with these horses 10 hours a day, and if something is bothering them they will tell you if you are paying attention. He was pointing that right leg a bit. He was trying to shift his weight off of it. I had a doctor take (images) to figure out if it was something that we could manage or if we needed to operate.

"After I looked at the photos, I knew that we needed it addressed," he added. "I called Dr. Wayne McIlwraith and we had him at his medical facility by Friday night. He was operated on Saturday morning, and he was back in his own stall by noon on Saturday. I was so impressed by Dr. McIlwraith’s facility and the great job done there with the horse.”

Hoburg is now doing everything possible to make BH Lisas Boy comfortable in his recovery period.

“He’s doing really well; he's pain free (and) he's a good patient," Hoburg said. "We change bandages every day. He stands like a statue. He is trying to let us help him. He’s such a nice, calm horse. We’ll have to pass the other races, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that it happen this early. We’ve taken care of it, and we’ll have a fresh horse.

"I’m looking at the positives. I am planning to see him lineup in the Champion of Champions. Nothing ever comes easy. You have to work for things. We’ll do the best that we can.”  

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.