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Commissioner Sidelined

Friday, 13th June 2014

US sophomore Commissioner (A.P. Indy-Flaming Heart, by Touch Gold), second to Tonalist in last weekend's Belmont Stakes, will undergo surgery to remove a small chip in his front left ankle, reports Bradenton.com. "Commissioner was sent back to WinStar Farm on Sunday for a brief freshening before targeting the major late-summer 3-year-old races. The first day back he looked good, but on the second day he had some filling in his left ankle," said Elliott Walden, WinStar's President & CEO. "We took x-rays and discovered he had a small lateral P1 chip." The son of A.P. Indy will have the chip removed this week at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. It is hoped he can return to racing later this year. "It's always disappointing when you have a setback with such a talented and improving colt like Commissioner, especially with races like the Haskell and Travers around the corner," added Walden. "I believe he was set to have a big summer. But the good news is the chip is in a favorable spot, and we expect him to be back to 100 percent soon. We've always been very high on Commissioner, and he's only going to continue to get better and better."

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