Domino Stud's Sir Cherokee, winner of the 2003 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), is taking some time off after undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip from his left front ankle.
Trainer Mike Tomlinson said the injury was discovered after the 4-year-old son of Cherokee Run finished third to Ask the Lord in the $75,000 Slipton Fell Handicap at Mountaineer Park on June 5. He said the small chip was removed by Dr. Larry Bramlage early last week.
"He's doing fine," said Tomlinson. "It was really just a tiny flake, but Mr. Jones (Domino's Kenneth T. Jones, Jr.) wanted everything to be right, so we went ahead and took that little tiny chip out of there. Dr. Bramlage said to put him back in training in 30 days, so he's really not going to miss much."
Sir Cherokee has a 5-3-2 record in 17 races. Tomlinson hopes to have him ready for a fall campaign in Kentucky.