Grade I winner Morning Line had chips removed from both knees Aug. 17 and is expected to return to racing next year.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, who performed the chip removal surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, reported the son of Tiznow is expected to make a full recovery. Morning Line had a troubled unplaced finish in the Aug. 6 Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I), after which he was sent to Lane’s End to rest. Morning Line will stand at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., upon the conclusion of his racing career.
“We brought him back (to Lane’s End) after the race, and Dr. Bramlage discovered he had the chips in his knees,” William S. Farish said. “Those were removed, the surgery went very well, and we’re confident he’ll be able to return to the races this winter and be 100%.
"We were obviously very disappointed in his (Whitney) race, but are glad to have found what the problem was.”
Prior to the Whitney, Morning Line was fifth as the favorite in the Salvator Mile (gr. III), which marked the first time since his debut at Aqueduct in 2009 that he had finished off the board. Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm, Morning Line is campaigned by Farish in partnership with Dixiana Stables and Thoroughbred Legend Racing Stable.
The colt, whose biggest win came in the April 9 Carter Handicap (gr. I), holds an overall record of 4-4-1 from 12 starts for earnings of more than $1.2 million.
The 4-year-old colt, who also won the 2010 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and Donn Handicap (both gr. I), fetched $700,000 as a yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September sale.