05/23/2013 5:25PM

Belmont Park: Called to Serve out until fall with injured splint bone

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Called to Serve, most recently third in the Santa Anita Handicap, is sidelined until the fall because of an injured splint bone.

Called to Serve, who was developing into a solid player in the handicap division, will be out until late fall after injuring a splint bone, trainer Nick Canani said.

Called to Serve hasn’t run since finishing third behind Game On Dude and Clubhouse Ride in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in early March. In subsequent training, Called to Serve injured a splint bone and had a “small procedure” to remove part of the bone, Canani said.

Called to Serve, who is convalescing on owner Marc Ferrell’s Vinmar Farm, will need 90 more days off before resuming training in early fall. Canani said a late-fall return to racing is possible.

“It’s tough to swallow,” Canani said. “Injuries are going to occur in this business. It sucks when it’s your LeBron James. He’s going to come back from it. He’ll have a long campaign. We got no rush with him. He’s a gelding.”