Belmont Stakes Runner-Up to Undergo Surgery

Belmont Stakes Runner-Up to Undergo Surgery

Commissioner will undergo surgery to remove a small chip in his front left fetlock.

Photo: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher

WinStar Farm's Commissioner, runner-up to Tonalist in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, has a small chip in his front left fetlock and will undergo surgery to remove the chip at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, according to a release sent June 11. Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl ACVS, will perform the procedure.

"Commissioner was sent back to WinStar Farm on Sunday (June 8) for a brief freshening before targeting the major late-summer 3-year-old races," said Elliott Walden, WinStar's president and CEO. "The first day back he looked good, but on the second day he had some filling in his left ankle.

"We took X rays and discovered he had a small lateral P1 (long pastern) chip that Dr. Bramlage said would be very easy to take out," he continued. "He'll obviously get the proper recovery time, but there's a good chance Commissioner will be able to return by the fall."

Commissioner turned in his best career performance to date in the final jewel of the Triple Crown, leading every step of the way in the 1 1/2-mile classic before finishing second by a head at the wire. Prior to the Belmont Commissioner was also runner-up to Tonalist in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont, and his current form made him a rising sophomore to watch heading into the second half of the 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," Walden said. "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% soon. We've always been very high on Commissioner, and he's only going to continue to get better and better."

From A.P. Indy's final crop, Commissioner has a record of 2-3-1 from eight starts with earnings of $515,767 to date. He is out of the multiple stakes-winning Touch Gold mare Flaming Heart, and is a half-brother to 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Laugh Track.

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