05/25/2010 11:00PM

Injury puts Ironman Jon out of Met Mile


ELMONT, N.Y. - Ironman Jon, the lightly aced New York-bred who ran a creditable third in the Grade 3 Westchester on April 30, will miss Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap after suffering an apparent foot injury after working a strong five furlongs Wednesday at Belmont Park.

Following the renovation break, Ironman Jon completed a five-

furlong move in 58.83 seconds over the main track. After pulling up and being turned around by exercise rider Ivan San Juan, Ironman Jon took a bad step. San Juan got off the horse and Ironman Jon was taken off the track in an equine ambulance.

"When he turned him around after he pulled him up to a walk he took a bad step," trainer Mike Hushion said. "[San Juan] erred on the side of caution. He did the right thing."

Hushion said X-rays taken back at the barn Wednesday did not reveal any fractures. He said the problem appears to be located in the left front foot. Hushion said Ironman Jon was treated with anti-inflammatories and was likely to be re-examined again on Thursday.

Ironman Jon, a son of Mineshaft owned by Barry Schwartz and bred by Schwartz's Stonewall Farm, won his first two starts - both against statebred company -- by a combined 18 1/4 lengths. In the Westchester, Ironman Jon set a strong early pace before giving way late, finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Le Grand Cru and getting beat a head for second by Convocation.

"In retrospect I thought I ran a short horse," Hushion said. "I thought there was room for another step forward and if he took another step forward he would fit here."

Ironman Jon would likely have been part of the early pace in the Met Mile. Flat Bold, a newly gelded 4-year-old who won an allowance race in front-running fashion on May 9, is also passing on the Met Mile.

Weights for the Met were released on Wednesday. Quality Road was

assigned high weight of 124 pounds. His expected challengers, and their weight assignments, include Warrior's Reward (118), You and I Forever (116), Kensei (116), Honest Man (115), Le Grand Cru (115), Tizway (115), and Convocation (114).

Warrior's Reward misses breeze

Trainer Ian Wilkes canceled a scheduled workout Wednesday morning for Warrior's Reward in Kentucky after a sinkhole forced the closure of the dirt track at Churchill Downs for 90 minutes. Wilkes elected not to send him out there after the renovation break when the track was re-opened.

"I had already untacked him and I didn't want to upset him," Wilkes said from Churchill. "He had a good work five days ago, he went 58-and-3, so I know he's ready. I may let him stretch his legs when I get to Belmont. I'll see how he gets up there and what he does."

Warrior's Reward was scheduled to arrive in New York on Thursday on a flight from Kentucky that was also carrying Belmont Stakes hopefuls Stay Put and Stately Victor.

Wilkes also said that Calvin Borel would be back aboard Warrior's Reward in the Met Mile, replacing the injured Julien Leparoux.