06/01/2006 11:00PM

Minor throat surgery for Lewis Michael


Lewis Michael, the Arlington-based 3-year-old who almost upset the Peter Pan Stakes in his most recent start, was scheduled to have throat surgery Saturday in Kentucky to correct a breathing problem, but he is expected to be back at Arlington on Sunday, and still has a chance to make his next scheduled start in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup on June 24 in Virginia.

Lewis Michael is suffering from an entrapped epiglottis. The surgery will free it and allow him to breathe properly during strenuous exercise.

"It works about 99 percent of the time," said trainer Wayne Catalano.

It was Catalano himself who detected something amiss on Wednesday morning, when he put Lewis Michael through his first workout since finishing a close second to Sunriver in the Peter Pan.

"I got on him myself today to make sure everything was in working order," Catalano said, "and I felt him not taking the air in like I thought he should. We scoped him when he got back to the barn, and he was entrapped."

Lewis Michael has had his airway examined by means of an endoscope several times in recent weeks, and never had suffered any sort of similar problem. Catalano hopes the whole situation remains fairly insignificant, and said Lewis Michael could be back in training in a week.