05/06/2014 2:01PM

Hoppertunity to miss a month after ankle surgery

Barbara D. Livingston
Hoppertunity was scratched from last Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Hoppertunity, the winner of the Rebel Stakes and the runner-up behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, had surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle this week. Hoppertunity will get 30 days off and then resume light training if all goes well, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday on “At the Races with Steve Byk.”

“We’re going to miss all the major stuff. He’s going to be a good horse in the fall,” Baffert said.

Hoppertunity was entered in the Kentucky Derby last Wednesday but was scratched from the race Thursday. Hoppertunity worked a half-mile on a sloppy track at Churchill on April 28 and did not come out of the work in good shape. Baffert said he believed a bruised foot, more than the bone spur, was bothering Hoppertunity.

Social Inclusion to van to Pimlico

Social Inclusion, who was third last out in the Wood Memorial, is scheduled to depart by van from his base at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday and arrive at Pimlico on Thursday. Social Inclusion, who didn’t have sufficient qualifying points to make the Kentucky Derby field, was scratched from a minor stakes last weekend at Gulfstream because of a bruised hoof but remains pointed to the Preakness.

A decision on the Preakness status of Tampa Bay Derby winner Ring Weekend will be made after the colt breezes Saturday at the Fair Hill Training Center.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ankle injuries occur on derby week way too often. black onyx and i want revenge both scratched before the derby with ankle injuries. falling sky, comma to the top, take charge indy all received ankle injuries during the last three derbies.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
"surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle this week" - gotta think that September at the earliest would be on the wish list. Good luck Hoppertunity! Social Inclusion could be tough in any race - let's see the post positions and the weather for Preakness Day before spouting any predilections. Fun time of year, isn't it!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Mark-ing the date now
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Social Inclusion will set all of the pace and Cali Chrome will mow him down in the drive... - RAMMER
Reiner727 . More than 1 year ago
Wishing Hoppertunity a speedy and uncomplicated recovery!
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
30 days off in Roberto Bafferto talk = 4-6 months off...
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Yes, he can be a bit conservative. He'll do what's best for Hopp.
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Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
mark that's a jerk response and im seriously tired of people knocking baffert on here.. find another sport to follow and annoy those fans.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
That's just how he rolls. I wasn't on here for a while but can see some things never change..Not one comment on the Derby though.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
LiL Jefe.....your nose is wayyyyy up there ain't it?
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Bob couldn't fool you, when he said Hoppertunity would be back competing in the fall; you knew that it would be 4-6 mos.