07/17/2006 11:00PM

Jazil hurt, will miss Travers


Belmont Stakes winner Jazil will be forced to miss the $1 million Travers on Aug. 26 because of bruising in his right hind cannon bone, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Tuesday.

Jazil has been taken out of training for one month. On Monday he arrived at owner Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky., to continue his recovery. Jazil will be re-evaluated in three weeks, at which time he will either go back into training or get more time off.

On July 1, Jazil worked four furlongs in 49.63 seconds at Belmont. As is McLaughlin's custom, Jazil jogged on the road the following day. McLaughlin thought Jazil was a little off, and digital X-rays confirmed "a deformity" in the colt's right hind leg, McLaughlin said.

The X-rays were sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage, who advised that Jazil be given 30 days off. When that period expires on Aug. 10, follow-up X-rays will be taken.

"This is a really small issue, but because of who he is - a Belmont winner - it gets magnified," McLaughlin said. "Obviously, the Travers is out of the question, and we have to look at the Jockey Club Gold Cup first and the Breeders' Cup Classic second."

The $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Belmont Park.

The Belmont was Jazil's first stakes win. He finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Wood Memorial.