09/19/2016 10:16AM

Shakhimat done for the season

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Shakhimat, winning the Grade 3 Transylvania in the spring, is turned out and will return to training in Florida.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Shakhimat, who won the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland in the spring, will miss the rest of the 2016 season, trainer Roger Attfield said. Shakhimat has not raced since finishing fifth in the July 3 Queen’s Plate.

Following the Queen’s Plate, Shakhimat had minor throat surgery for an entrapped epiglottis, but he also has been dealing with bone bruising, Attfield said.

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“He’s at the farm,” Attfield said. “He’s turned out, and he’s quite happy.

“I’ll bring him back when I get down to Florida.”

Shakhimat came into his 3-year-old campaign as the Queen’s Plate favorite on the strength of his 9 3/4-length victory in the Coronation Futurity and his resulting 91 Beyer Speed Figure last November. He justified his early Queen’s Plate favoritism by earning a second straight 91 Beyer in the Transylvania Stakes to kick off his 3-year-old campaign, but in his next start, he faded in the stretch after dueling through a quick pace in the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs on May 7.

He returned to Woodbine and finished second behind Amis Gizmo in the Plate Trial Stakes on June 14 and then set the pace in the Queen’s Plate.