05/10/2017 1:33PM

El Areeb recuperating on farm in Maryland

Michael Amoruso
El Areeb may be ready to resume training in early fall.

El Areeb, the winner of the Jerome and Withers stakes at Aqueduct this season before injuring his right knee in a March 30 workout, has been sent to a farm in Monkton, Md., to continue his rehab, according to trainer Cal Lynch.

Dr. Dean Richardson of the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania removed a chip and cleaned some debris out of El Areeb’s knee, Lynch said.

“The chip was very mild, and the surgery went well,” Lynch said. “He should come back from this just fine.”

El Areeb was returned to Lynch’s Laurel Park barn after the surgery and given two weeks of stall rest. He then was hand-walked daily, at first for five minutes a day and then for increased periods of time.

El Areeb was sent to the farm of Krissy Close after the stitches were removed. He will stay there until June and then go to Bruce Jackson at Fair Hill, Md., where he will use an Aqua-tred as part of his therapy.

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Lynch said he expects to have El Areeb back in his barn in September.

El Areeb, a $340,000 purchase by the MMG Stables of Mohammed Al-Gadhi as a 2-year-old at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., has won 4 of 7 starts and $364,000.