04/22/2013 2:23PM

Zaikov recovering from shin injury

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Bob Coglianese
Zaikov won a six-furlong maiden special weight race by 14 lengths March 15 at Gulfstream Park to start his career.

Zaikov, a sensational 14-length winner of his only start at Gulfstream Park earlier this winter, is on the farm in Ocala, Fla., recovering from a minor shin issue, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Monday.

Zaikov is a homebred son of Distorted Humor out of the Grade 1-winning mare Wait a While owned by Alan Cohen’s Arindel Farm. Zaikov launched his career at Gulfstream on March 15 and ran off the screen in the six-furlong maiden special weight dash, completing the distance in 1:09.78 while winning with speed to spare. The performance earned Zaikov a 99 Beyer Speed Figure.

“He’s in Ocala recovering from a little shin problem, but he’ll be back,” Pletcher said. “He’s a very talented horse, and we’re hoping to have him ready to make his return this summer at Saratoga.”

iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Not surprising
Jay Stone More than 1 year ago
Probably the most talented three year old to run at Gulfstream all winter. If his injury is only minor he will show how good he is this summer and fall.If not then it is just another case of a horse that is too fast to last.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Or 'drill em n kill em'...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Was this a saucer fracture or what? Last year Discreet Dancer was going for 'a little vacation' that ended up lasting like, 10 months.
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Chad it's pletcher that's his style run them and wreck them .