Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie, winner of the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) and runner-up in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will be sidelined for about 30 days with a sore left shin, Reddam said Thursday.
Square Eddie was scheduled to make his dirt debut in the Feb. 16 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at
“He was supposed to ship to Oaklawn today (Thursday) and yesterday he came up with a shin,” Reddam said. “The vets are looking at it today. It’s just something where you have to stop on them. We were all wound up to go to Oaklawn. He worked on Monday and they said it was his best work ever; everyone was doing handstands. He was fine on Tuesday, and yesterday the groom said something wasn’t quite right. Doug felt the shin and when he squeezed on it the horse flinched. He walked sound, but when he jogged him up the road he could see there was something off, and we can’t take the chance of making it worse.
“This horse was training like no horse we’ve ever had. Doug said we can still try and make the
Square Eddie was purchased privately by Reddam following a second-place finish in the Sirenia Stakes (Eng-III) on Polytrack at Kempton Race Course in England. The son of Smart Strike -- Forty Gran, by El Gran Senor was bred in Ontario by Kinghaven Farms.
In his first start in 2009, Square Eddie finished second in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. III).