Zayat Stables' 2-year-old Maimonides, a $4.6-million purchase at Keeneland's 2006 September yearling sale, will miss at least 30 days of training after coming out of the Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) with sore shins, trainer Bob Baffert said Sept. 5.
"I noticed after the race that his shins were pretty sore and he'd bucked one of them, so he'll miss about 30 days and of course miss the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said. "We're gonna have to back off of him, which is disappointing, but in a way I feel better about it because I'd been wondering why he didn't run his race in the Hopeful."
The colt set agressive fractions of :22 2/5 and :45 in the Saratoga race before fading to finish third behind eventual winner Majestic Warrior.
"He should have kept going, and I really didn't think he could get beat in that race, but it turns out he had a legitimate excuse," Baffert said. "He'll be fine, though. He's young and these things happen; he'll bounce right back and he'll have a great winter campaign heading into the Kentucky Derby, so it might be a blessing in disguise."
A son of Vindication, Maimonides broke his maiden at first asking Aug. 8 at Saratoga when he won by an impressive 11 1/2 lengths in a maiden special weight at the New York track.