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Vyjack Visits New Bolton; Will Get Time Off

Precautionary measures were taken by trainer Rudy Rodriguez due to colic symptoms.

Pick Six Racing's grade II winner Vyjack was sent to University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center July 31, trainer Rudy Rodriguez confirmed.

The 3-year-old Into Mischief  gelding exhibited colic symptoms at Aqueduct Racetrack, where he was stabled following a sixth-place finish in the July 28 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

HRTV later reported Vyjack had "a bad case of gastric ulcers," citing owner David Wilkenfeld. 

"We shipped him to Aqueduct after the Haskell and everything was good, and then (July 31) he got a little colic," Rodriguez said Aug. 1. "We didn't want to take a chance so we decided to send him over there. This morning, so far everything is good and he's stable. I'm going to talk to the doctors over there this afternoon to see about how long he'll have to stay."

Vyjack won the Jerome Stakes (gr. II) and Gotham Stakes (gr. III) as part of a four-race win streak that included his maiden victory and a score in the Traskwood Stakes, all at Aqueduct. He finished third in the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) at the New York racetrack in April, but was less successful in his following three starts. He finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and eighth in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) before his off-the-board Haskell run.

"Before (the ulcers were discovered), my plan was to give him a couple of months off on the farm, send him to Fair Hill (Training Center) maybe, and let him be a horse," Rodriguez said. "In the Haskell, I didn't like the way he ran. I know Verrazano  is a nice horse, but I expected him to finish closer than that. He never showed anything; he was trying to get out on the first turn and he never showed up."

Vyjack also spent time at Fair Hill in Maryland for therapy following the Wood Memorial, which he exited with a lung infection.

Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall out of the Stravinsky mare Life Happened, Vyjack was purchased by Wilkenfeld's Pick Six Racing for $100,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when consigned by Pike Racing. He was a $45,000 pinhook by Pike Racing from the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling sale, where he was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

The bay gelding currently holds a record of four wins and a third from eight starts, with earnings of $552,200.