05/22/2012 3:05PM

Churchill Downs notes: Summer Applause needs surgery

Tom Keyser
Summer Applause has a knee chip that will require surgery.

One filly who didn’t exit the Kentucky Oaks in such good shape is Summer Applause, who was fourth as the 6-1 fourth choice in the race. Trainer Bret Calhoun said Summer Applause was diagnosed afterward with a knee chip and has been sidelined indefinitely to undergo surgery and recuperate.

Summer Applause, a Harlan’s Holiday filly owned by Gillian Campbell, R Group Management LLC, and Greenwood Lodge Farm, was a worthy rival to Believe You Can during their winter campaign at Fair Grounds, finishing second as the favorite to the eventual Oaks winner in both the Silverbulletday and Fair Grounds Oaks while defeating her in the Rachel Alexandra.

Ready’s Rocket out indefinitely

Ready’s Rocket, an 11-time winner over the Churchill Downs main track, has suffered a soft-tissue injury and will be sidelined indefinitely, trainer Tim Glyshaw told track officials last week.

Ready’s Rocket, a 9-year-old gelding by More Than Ready, apparently suffered the injury to his right front ankle when breezing last Wednesday.

“His future racing career is uncertain,” said Glyshaw.

Ready’s Rocket has won 20 races from 74 career starts, most notably the 11 at Churchill, which is the most here since Equibase started keeping such data in 1991.

◗ Jockey Miguel Mena will be permitted to continue riding pending a hearing of his appeal of a three-day suspension. The penalty stems from Burnthe Mortgage being disqualified from first to third in the 10th race Friday, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance.

Fred Aime, Mena’s agent, confirmed Tuesday that the jockey had filed a formal appeal of the suspension to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

◗ Spots are still available in the annual horsemen’s golf outing, renamed this year the Buck Wheat Memorial Golf Scramble in honor of the late horsemen’s relations director at Churchill. The event is set for June 4 at Glenmary Country Club, with proceeds going to further horsemen’s education programs at the Backside Learning Center. More information is available at www.derbymuseum.org/backsidelc.

– additional reporting by Byron King