Godolphin’s Consortium will miss the March 3 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and is off the
The son of Bernardini had been highly touted after his solid second-place finish behind Algorithms in a Gulfstream allowance race in December, but was a disappointment when finishing last of six in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in the slop.
McLaughlin doesn’t believe the ankle chip had any bearing on that performance.
“He came out of that last race really good and has worked well since,” he said. “But the ankle filled following his last work. He’ll have the chip removed at Rood & Riddle and should be back for the second half of the year.”
McLaughlin will enter Darley Stable’s recent maiden winner Side Road in the
McLaughlin said Withers (gr. III) and Count Fleet winner Alpha is “doing great,” and will run next in either the Florida Derby (gr. I) or Wood Memorial (gr. I).