Chelokee

po_ChelokeeChelokee (April 15, 2004 – May 2, 2014) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.

Bred by Foley Farms Bloodstock, he was sired by multiple stakes winner Cherokee Run. He was out of the mare Dixie Ghost, who is the daughter of Mississippi Dixie by Dixie Bandland, and traces directly back to Northern Dancer, Nearco, Nashua, and Man o’ War.

At three, Chelokee won the Northern Dancer Breeders Cup Stakes (G3), the inaugural Barbaro Stakes and placed third in the Florida Derby (G1). During the running of the 2008 Alysheba Stakes, Chelokee suffered a career-ending injury, when he slipped and dislocated his sesamoid bones in his right front leg. Chelokee was transported to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. The dislocation caused destruction of all of the supporting ligaments to the back of the fetlock and pastern joint making the ankle unstable and requiring surgery.

Three days after the catastrophic injury Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Rood and Riddle performed a fetlock anthrodesis, fusing the bones to eliminate the fetlock joint. The fusion took a plate 14 inches long and 18 screws to lock it into place with approximately two feet of wire laced into the back of the ankle to replace the ligaments. Dr. Bramlage also put in 12 inches of high-density polyethylene to replace the ligaments in the pastern joint.