Square Eddie(Smart Strike) will be sidelined for at least 30 days due to a sore left foreleg shin that was discovered after a five furlong work in :58.80. This injury could keep the chestnut colt from competing on the Triple Crown trail. His owner and trainer are holding out hope that Square Eddie can recover fully in time to make the Kentucky Derby. This is what his trainer said about it.“The horse is sound. He’s just slightly sore to that left shin,” said trainer Doug O’Neill. “We’re addressing it and doing what’s in his best interests. We’re going to do some therapy on it and see where we are in 30 days.”
O'Neill says he will not run the colt if he isn't 100%.
Okay, first Saratoga sinner now this! The Derby trail isn't starting off so well. Also notice that it's the same leg as Saratoga sinner. Coincidental don't you think?
In other news, Patena will be headed to the Louisana Derby for his next start. The Louisana Derby is held at Fair Grounds on March 14 and is 1 1/16 miles.
Here is the work for today.
He seemed to enjoy his first trip around Oaklawn's oval. Jones is planning one more work for this gray colt prior to the Southwest Stakes. He is also planning the go the same path as Smarty Jones. The Rebel Stakes on March 14, and the Arkansas Derby on April 11. I'm so excited about this colt's 2009 debut! I think he'll rock the competitions socks off!