10/12/2012 1:32PM

Camelot doing well after colic surgery


Camelot, the winner of three classic races in England and Ireland earlier this year, was recovering on Friday from a colic operation conducted on Thursday, according to a statement released on Twitter by Coolmore Stud.

Camelot was taken to a veterinary clinic near trainer Aidan O’Brien’s base in Ireland on Thursday for “exploratory colic surgery,” according to Coolmore. Friday, Coolmore updated Camelot’s condition, stating: “Camelot’s colic surgery went well and he is doing great. The veterinary team [is] delighted with his progress.”

The winner of the English 2000 Guineas, English Derby, and Irish Derby earlier this year, Camelot was seventh in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct. 7, his second consecutive loss. He was second in the English St. Leger at Doncaster on Sept. 15.

A winner of 5 of 7 starts, all for Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier, and Derrick Smith, Camelot is expected to race as a 4-year-old in 2013.

No Breeders’ Cup for Solemia

Solemia, the winner of the Arc de Triomphe, will skip the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

Pierre Yves-Bureau, racing manager for owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, said in an email that Solemia would pass the richest turf race in the United States. A 4-year-old filly trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, Solemia is a candidate for the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 25.

If she starts in that race, Solemia would follow a similar path as Danedream, the winner of the 2011 Arc de Triomphe who later finished sixth in the Japan Cup.