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‘Letty’ Hodge blasts speculation surrounding Really Uptown

Hodge (right) said she decided to bring her horse out at the August Tuesday races for the public to see that there was no truth to stories that the horse couldn’t move and had to be put down. Photo: VINO
Co-Owner of Really Uptown, Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge has blasted persons who are suggesting that her champion horse, Really Uptown, has suffered a career ending injury, revealing once more that she is simply being cautious about the horse’s condition and will have a veterinarian (vet) conduct a key examination soon. Photo: VINO/File
Co-Owner of Really Uptown, Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge has blasted persons who are suggesting that her champion horse, Really Uptown, has suffered a career ending injury, revealing once more that she is simply being cautious about the horse’s condition and will have a veterinarian (vet) conduct a key examination soon. Photo: VINO/File
Really Uptown finished in the lead of the final leg on March 17, 2013 in St Thomas to become the first horse to take the VI Triple by winning each of the three races. Photo: CM Farrington/File
Really Uptown finished in the lead of the final leg on March 17, 2013 in St Thomas to become the first horse to take the VI Triple by winning each of the three races. Photo: CM Farrington/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Co-Owner of Really Uptown, Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge has blasted speculations that her champion horse Really Uptown has suffered a career ending injury, revealing once more that she is simply being cautious about the horse’s condition and will have a veterinarian (vet) conduct a key examination soon.

“My problem is that I want to have a certain examination done with him, which is an ultrasound,” Hodge said during the August Tuesday races held earlier this week.

It was widely hoped that Really Uptown, having captured both the VI Triple Crown and Governor’s Cup earlier this year, would have run in the Premier’s Cup which was won by Plotter at the August Tuesday races. Bud White, who has since been put down following an injury, had won the Cup last year.

She explained that due to the fact that there were no available veterinarians in the Virgin Islands, attempts had been made to secure the services of a vet from Puerto Rico but this was not done because of a ‘backlog’.

“I love my animal and I am not going to [race] him because, you see, he’s good, he doesn’t feel anything but because of [the injury] I want an ultrasound done so I could be at ease and know that everything is ok,” she stated.

Hodge said she decided to bring her horse out at the August Tuesday races for the public to see that there was no truth to stories that the horse couldn’t move and had to be put down.

She did not give any indication when the horse would be likely to race again and said this would be determined after the vet does an examination to say how serious the horse’s injury is. “I don’t think it’s nothing to be concerned about but to have a professional opinion or diagnosis, that’s what I’m waiting on,” she added.

“For all of those that are out there speculating… since they have those that like to chatter and they don’t own any horse and put a career ending injury on him, which it’s not, I decided if [they] want to find out, they should go and speak to the person, which is Mr Anson from St Thomas,” she remarked, “apparently he is a vet and an owner.”

The horseowner also confirmed that she will soon be bringing a new mare to the Virgin Islands but did not give any indication as to when it will arrive.

12 Responses to “‘Letty’ Hodge blasts speculation surrounding Really Uptown”

  • The 4 horse men (10/08/2013, 10:34) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    He will go lame as soon as his feet touch the track...No other horse in the world had never ever recovered from this type of injury..What makes this one so special?...Girl we know that you're optimistic but dont fool yourself nor try to fool others.
  • TIMBALAND (10/08/2013, 11:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Letty u don't owe anyone any dam explanation. It's your horse!

  • ... (10/08/2013, 11:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Letty, right on point you are

  • farmer brown (10/08/2013, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Letty I am happy to hear you going to show and bring in another horse they cannot stop you
  • bvi (10/08/2013, 12:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He look like he didn't want to go back to the enclosure on August Tuesday, he was prancing up like he was ready to run when they were taking him back :)
  • best (10/08/2013, 13:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sort out!"
  • Release (10/08/2013, 16:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell them letty but when the flag douche you will always have the best horses
    • george w. touch (10/08/2013, 23:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ms. Hodge I am sure you have more important things to worry about than what they are speculating about a horse!
  • cham (11/08/2013, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    bring back Acspetation out of retirment...
  • L & B all the way (11/08/2013, 12:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol ah bit you all goin back off Letty now eh!
  • ? (11/08/2013, 16:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    somebody explain the "Mr Anson from St. Thomas" comment? Who is he? Is that the dude that does interviews for Ch. 12 on St. Thomas? Is he going around saying that Really Uptown's career is over?


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