07/17/2012 4:42PM

Went the Day Well out for the year with ankle problem

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Barbara D. Livingston
Vinery Spiral winner Went the Day Well will be out of action until the Gulfstream Park meet next winter.

Team Valor International officials announced Tuesday that Went the Day Well, most recently 10th in the May 19 Preakness, is through racing for the year after being diagnosed with bone bruising in both front ankles.

Barry Irwin, chief executive officer for Team Valor, said in a media release that Went the Day Well had shown signs of something being amiss after the colt returned to serious training for Graham Motion at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland in the weeks following the Preakness. Went the Day Well had two Fair Hill works since the Preakness, on June 23 and June 30.

"He probably was suffering from this issue when he ran so poorly in the Preakness Stakes, but it did not manifest itself for a diagnosis until he went back into hard work,” said Irwin.

Irwin said Went the Day Well would be turned out at Denali Stud in Kentucky for 60 days before being reevaluated. He said he hopes to have the colt back to the races at Gulfstream Park in January.

Prior to his poor Preakness showing, Went the Day Well, a New York-bred by Proud Citizen, ran a fast-closing fourth at 30-1 in the Kentucky Derby. In his final Derby prep, the colt won the Vinery Racing Spiral at Turfway Park, the same race that Animal Kingdom won in 2011 prior to capturing the Derby for Team Valor and Motion.