Chester and Mary Broman's homebred Friend Or Foe, winner of last year’s Empire Classic and the June 5 Easy Goer Stakes, both at Belmont Park, will likely will get some preventative time off due to a slight ankle issue.
“I just had to make a decision on him,” said trainer John Kimmel of the 4-year-old son of Friend’s Lake, who was most recently fourth in the Whitney Invitational (gr. I). “He has some filling in one of his ankles and a small area of fiber damage on the medial suspensory branch. It’s one of those things that’s so minor, (that you could) stop or go. I think in this case, I’m probably going to be conservative like I always am and shut him down for maybe 60 days.”
New York-bred Friend Or Foe is out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Star. At one point, he had been considered for the Sept. 3 Woodward (gr. I) and was also a possibility for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Oct. 1, but will instead target a winter campaign.
“It’s so small, but it’s like the little crack in the dyke,” Kimmel said. “He’s fine, and I’m sure we can run him, but I think that those little things, when they get bigger, they’re very tough to manage. This is probably the smartest thing to do. I’ll bring him back at Palm Meadows, maybe, and get him ready for a winter campaign. It’s disappointing.”
Friend Or Foe has won five of nine career starts and has earned $333,134.