Saratoga Sinner, winner of the Jan. 31 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), didn’t get to spend much time as a Triple Crown contender. He exited the race with a chip in his left knee that likely will sideline him until the summer, trainer Eddie Kenneally said Tuesday.
“It’s unfortunate, but these horses are really fragile,” Kenneally said. “He’s always been sound, but he came out of the race with a little bit of a bone chip in his knee, so we’ll go ahead and do surgery and hopefully have him ready for the 3-year-old races in the summer and fall.
“It’s bad timing, because he’s showing now that he’s a quality horse and is getting better. He’s improved dramatically in his last three races, and he hasn’t even peaked yet, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”
The son of Harlan's Holiday --Naughty Linda, by Slew City Slew, was sent off at 12-1 in the Holy Bull after breaking his maiden in his previous start. Tracking the leader, Bear’s Rocket, in second the whole way, he took over the lead inside the eighth pole and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.45 for the 1 1/8 miles.
Saratoga Sinner, bred by Brereton Jones and owned by Lally Stable, was purchased at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale for $130,000.