Acorn Stakes winner Round Pond is sidelined.

Acorn Stakes winner Round Pond is sidelined.

AP/NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Round Pond Sidelined with Knee Chip

Fox Hill Farm's Round Pond, winner of the Acorn (gr. I) and Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) has been taken out of training after a small chip was discovered in her knee following her second-place finish in the Delaware Oaks (gr. II).

Fox Hill owner Rick Porter reported in his journal on the Rockport Harbor Web site that trainer John Servis noticed that the daughter of Awesome Again  seemed uncomfortable on the track Thursday.

"John scheduled some X-rays at the New Jersey Equine Clinic, and it revealed a small chip in the top joint of her left knee," Porter said. "I have decided to take her out of training and have the chip removed. Dr. (Scott) Palmer feels it must have happened in the Delaware Oaks. We had just taken X-rays of this knee a couple of weeks ago, and it was not there at that time.

"She will be turned out for two months and then resume training. Between this and Rockport Harbor's problems this year, Fox Hill can't seem to get a break, but maybe this will be a blessing in disguise and we will have two nice horses for next year. Round Pond still could race in late 2005, but we can count on next year."

Round Pond, bred by Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan, has won four of her six career starts, three of them stakes. Porter purchased her at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $105,000.