OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The all-time leading money winner among Oklahoma-bred thoroughbreds has laminitis and is struggling to survive.
The Daily Racing Form is reporting the owners of Kip Deville say he has about a 20 percent chance of survival. The horse is being treated at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Michael Sherack, the vice president of investor relations for IEAH Stables, which owns the 6-year-old gelding, says Kip Deville took a turn for the worse within the last two weeks.
Sherack says the owners will do "what we can within reason" to help the horse recover from the often fatal hoof disease.
Kipling was foaled at Mighty Acres Farm near Pryor in northeastern Oklahoma. He's won more than $3.32 million while winning 12 of 30 starts, including the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile.
His last race was on Aug. 2, when he finished eighth in the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.
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