12/31/2014 3:36PM

Atreides sidelined at least six months

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Atreides will miss the first half of 2015 due to chronic ankle issues.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Atreides, who figured to be a major player in the handicap division at Gulfstream Park this winter, will be sidelined at least through the opening half of 2015 due to chronic ankle issues, trainer Marty Wolfson said Wednesday.

Atreides, a winner of 4 of 5 career starts including the one-mile Aventura Handicap in his 3-year-old finale, was being pointed for the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope next week. Atreides, a son of Medaglia d’Oro who is a newly turned 4-year-old, is owned by Stonestreet Stables.

“We sent him back to the farm to have his ankles blistered,” Wolfson said. “He’ll need at least 60 days off. This is the same reason why he didn’t start until so late in his career. It’s a real disappointment. I was going to run him in the Hal’s Hope, but I wasn’t going to stretch him out after that, I wasn’t looking at the Donn – a mile is where I wanted to keep him. But he should be okay, hopefully we can have him back running again by the summer.”

ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
High on ability, low on staying healthy.
Luis E Astacio More than 1 year ago
It is really a shame that there are some horses with tremendous abilities but do not have the legs to perform.But anyway with the treatment and 90 days of he should be o.k.
mark More than 1 year ago
2015 has arrived and I look forward to the Triple Crown Trail, summer racing, and of course the Breeders Cup. Let's hope they eliminate as many cheats, horse doppers, and race fixers as possible, and when they catch these guys, let's get rid of them for good because they are bad for the game, bad for publicity, and a blight on the King of Sports and the Sport of Kings. It amazes me that most of these violators get 2nd, 3rd, etc chances, especially when caught red handed, but a guy like me who grew a little weed for personal use and didnt happen at the track, and didnt affect any races, can't get a license to work on the backstretch! I think that is heinous and absolutely ridiculous, but the needle men, milk shakers and buzzer freaks are allowed back at any racetrack in America. Come on ! Wake up! The wonderful sport of horseracing has eroded to an afterthought when once grandstands were packed and the public could have a good time for an afternoon ( or evening) playing the ponies, and walking out with a few extra duccats. Reading the Daily Racing Form was (and still is) a tremendous source of pleasure and a feeling of pride and accomplishment, especially when I came away from the pay window. I can spend hours on just one race or skim the whole card in 20 minutes, and the feeling is still the same: so much information and so many amazing statistics. But the public would rather mindlessly scratch gray crud all over themselves on a scratch ticket, or pull the lever of a one armed bandit and hope for a lucky spin. That's entertainment? No, give me a day at the races, or The Kentucky Derby and all it's pageantry ,spectacular horses, gifted jockeys, and clever and talented trainers. It is one of my true pleasures that so many people never have the good fortune to enjoy. Horseracing needs a person or a horse that can turn it around, but I fear I will never see that day. Good Luck horse racing because you need it!