06/11/2014 1:27PM

Commissioner to have ankle chip removed

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Tom Keyser
Commissioner, shown after his his close runner-up effort in the Belmont. He could return to the races in the fall.

Commissioner, the Belmont Stakes runner-up, will miss the summer’s major races in the 3-year-old division due to a chip in his left front ankle that will require surgery, according to a press release issued Wednesday by his owner, the WinStar Farm.

Commissioner will have the chip removed this week by Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., according to the release.

Following his head loss to Tonalist in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, Commissioner on Sunday was sent to WinStar Farm where he was scheduled to get a freshening before targeting a summer schedule that was to include the Haskell at Monmouth Park in July and the Travers at Saratoga in August.

“The first day back he looked good, but on the second day he had some filling in his left ankle,” Elliott Walden, WinStar’s president and CEO, said in a release. “We took X-rays and discovered he had a small lateral P1 chip that Dr. Bramlage said would be very easy to take out. He’ll obviously get the proper recovery time, but there’s a good chance Commissioner will be able to return by the fall.”

Commissioner, a son of A.P. Indy, nearly stole last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes on the front end, getting caught in the final two strides by Tonalist. He had also finished second to Tonalist in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont on May 10.

“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 percent soon. We’ve always been very high on Commissioner, and he’s only going to continue to get better and better.”

Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
California Chrome has been ranked #4 in the world !! Ha !!. You may read it in Bloodhorse.
Donna Hjort More than 1 year ago
SHOCKER
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
I wonder if running so many horses on the pavement at Gulfstream plays a part in the horses getting hurt.
mikey More than 1 year ago
His horse's go up and down like yo-yo's.He wil go to the bench and bring back one of the other one's that was hurt.Just like Chad below said the new crop of soon to be hurt babies will be out in Saratoga.There is no known cure for Pletcheritis.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
one more pletcher horse who after an all out suicide mission on a new york track goes lame.so what else is new.
mike More than 1 year ago
Seems it goes that way alot.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He will announce at Saratoga that he'll have about 150 fresh ones for next year.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Give that stock to any top trainer and they would do the same if not better.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Has anyone seen Only For You lately?
raymond More than 1 year ago
The heart of a Champion
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
David, If you are allowed, may we have an update on California Chromes' injury?
Mark More than 1 year ago
Still beat California Chrome !! Ha !!
mike More than 1 year ago
Tell me,you wouldn't want to own a Derby/Preakness winner? Where do you think Commissioner will be this time next year? It won't be on a track.
gary Potter More than 1 year ago
Neither will Chrome, and Chrome won't win again.
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? When he wins,like some you will probably spin an excuse of some sort.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Two horses injured and this Mark laughs again.
Mark More than 1 year ago
CC has a hang nail . Lol. Do you cry when LeBron turns an ankle? Grow up.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Hey Mark, one of the horses was Commissioner... What race was this LeBron in?
mike More than 1 year ago
Exactly!
mikey More than 1 year ago
One hurt horse beat another one great game we play.
mike More than 1 year ago
Maybe you need to grow up first.
mike More than 1 year ago
So What! He won't be racing next yr.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
I know WinStar will do the right thing by the horse.
mike More than 1 year ago
Another Pletcher horse INJURED!
Perl More than 1 year ago
He has tons of high profile horses. Haters gonna hate.
edb More than 1 year ago
Perl, it is not hating. I am tired of his halo for being the top trainer. He has done so little with some great horses. Look what he has done with Unlimited Budget. Shanghai Bobby was thrown into the trashcan after his 2 year old campaign. Dreaming of Julia? Poof and she was gone. 40% of the best 3 year olds early this year and what was left going into the Belmont? He has to wear a name badge so his horses know who he is. He has the best stable, but I would be nervous if I was an owner because he can tturn the page at a heart beat.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Because no other trainers have horses injured
mike More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Life at Ten appreciates him.
mike More than 1 year ago
Exactly!
Mark More than 1 year ago
Edb is foolish. Period . So much so it is sad actually.
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mike More than 1 year ago
Exactly
Mark More than 1 year ago
Go look at his stakes wins . Give us a break saying he cantvtrain. It's comical. What's obvious is your ignorance.
mike More than 1 year ago
eye roll
edb More than 1 year ago
How is Verrazano doing? Don't you think he would have won the pokey Preakness if he ran? 1 for forty in the derby. Even you get more winners with 40 attempts. Not as good as you think, my enlightened friend. Good to see you back, I've missed your insanity.. Just play nice.
Mark More than 1 year ago
How many eclipse awards does Todd pletcher have for trainer of the year ? Thank you. Your insanity fails to see his greatness.
Mikethemessenger465 More than 1 year ago
Unlimited Budget's undoing is all on Repole, not Pletcher. Pletcher didn't want her in the Belmont.
mike More than 1 year ago
Do you have a spin for the fact Pletcher every yr has tons of talent,but has only won one Derby especially when he usually runs two,three,four in Derby each year? For someone blessed with top tier horses seems something always happens.
Mark More than 1 year ago
He wins trainer of year eclipse every year for a reason dummy.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Mott Frankel Shug Mc Anally Kieran obrien have 1 derby winner combined with more combined starters than Pletcher. It's not easy. Maybe have a clue before you type.
mike More than 1 year ago
Maybe you should, Pletcher is dull personality,also. Is it some kind of sin if some don't like him? That's my choice! Can promise you pal,if he had Zenyatta he would've wanted to run her before she was almost four. Glad he didn't train her.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Ok Mr personality. Bottom line is he most successful trainer in the game.
mike More than 1 year ago
I could care less what he is on paper!
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
Mike have u ever been invlolved in the game? They all get injured, if this horse was a claimer he would run with chip like half of the rest of them do. I agree his horses usually fall apart by the summer of there 3yo season but its a tough game filled with bad news
mike More than 1 year ago
Big Rob,good point you make and unlike some have no problem admitting I only know a little, obviously it's a given all trainers suffer injuries,just seems like with Pletcher it's always.
Mikethemessenger465 More than 1 year ago
You'll note the vast majority of the Pletcher horses that get injured spent their early 3 YO season at Gulfstream. You'll also not that the majority of all east coast trainers that get injured spent their early 3 YO season at Gulfstream.
Mikethemessenger465 More than 1 year ago
*east coast trained horses
RandomNameMeToo More than 1 year ago
Why are you gloating about this? Shouldn't you instead be sorry that an animal is hurt in any way?