07/12/2014 9:05AM

Uncle Sigh likely done for the year due to injury

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Tom Keyser
Uncle Sigh, the fifth-place finisher in the Wood Memorial, likely will miss the rest of his 3-year-old season due to a pulled muscle in his back.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Uncle Sigh, the runner-up in pair of graded stakes for 3-year-olds in the winter, likely will miss the remainder of the year after being diagnosed with a pulled muscle in his back, trainer Gary Contessa said Saturday morning.

Contessa said Uncle Sigh would be turned out at owner Chip McEwen’s farm in Ocala, Fla., for 60 days and hopefully come back to him at Belmont Park in the fall.

Uncle Sigh was scratched June 15 from the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park after getting cast in his stall at Belmont two days earlier. Contessa thought Uncle Sigh came out of that incident unscathed but noticed an issue in subsequent training. Earlier this week, Uncle Sigh was shipped to a clinic in New Jersey, where a scintigraphy showed the muscle pull.

“It lit up that muscle in the back. Everything else is clean,” Contessa said. “The good news is that’s all it was, and it’s easily fixed. The bad news is he’s going to miss his 3-year-old career. But [he’s] in better shape than a lot of 3-year-olds who are going to miss their whole career.”

Uncle Sigh, a New York-bred son of Indian Charlie, finished second to Samraat in the Wither and Gotham – both Grade 3 stakes run over Aqueduct’s inner track. Despite a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, Uncle Sigh still qualified for the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished 14th after setting the early pace.

Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
He saw Shared belief run on saturday and fugured he'd call it a year...
mike More than 1 year ago
Making the point the person,"Mike" making the crazy comment about horse ruined on the derby trail is separate from myself.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Contessa loves the lime-light had to take a horse to the derby rather than try to win the big-apple triple crown
Crystal David More than 1 year ago
Enjoy your rest! Happy to hear it's just a pulled muscle and you will be well soon!
russell More than 1 year ago
Derby fever is contagious. Come back strong NY Bred!
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Get better, Unc. Cool horse, look forward for your return.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Another horse ruined on the derby trail for no good reason!
RandomNameMeToo More than 1 year ago
Yeah, that horrible Derby! It caused a horse to be cast in his stall. And it even did this six whole weeks after the Derby was run. Wow, it's powerful. I bet it can ruin horses years after it's run, even!
Crystal David More than 1 year ago
LOL! That was great! I love how people who have a negative opinion of something will blame everything on that no matter how ridiculous it is!!!!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Nah, not the derby but Baffert and Pletcher did it, they injured him. lol
mike More than 1 year ago
Pat Baffert did have SEVEN horses drop dead from a substance they had no business in having. Guess that's ok,right? As for Pletcher he cares for the $ only.
jon g More than 1 year ago
True dat
jon g More than 1 year ago
Obviously he didn't belong in the Derby. He couldn't win a non NY-bred race.He's done
mike More than 1 year ago
He isn't done.
jon g More than 1 year ago
I guarantee he'll never win a non-NY bred stakes.He's done as far as being stakes calibre. I believe he's still eligible for non-winners of 1 other than
Mike More than 1 year ago
u are so correct - horse might have won the big apple crown