Noble Causeway, a late scratch prior to the Jim Dandy (gr. II) who was pulled up early in an allowance race Aug. 6, does not have a stress fracture, according to trainer Nick Zito. The colt was diagnosed by Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky. "He has no stress fractures," Zito said. "Dr. Bramlage found a little pebble in his left ankle and found something in his right-side suspensory. Monday, we're going to take the pea or pebble in his left ankle, and he's going to treat the right suspensory. He'll need two weeks in the stall, three weeks hand walking, and he'll be back on the track in six weeks."Zito said the injuries likely happened in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and went undetected.
"There's no question in my mind that's when he got hurt," Zito said. "We didn't realize it, and that's why we kept pursuing all the trials and tribulations. The horse was trying to tell us something."