Darley Stable's Oratory, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) and likely favorite for Monday's Dwyer Stakes (gr. II), will undergo surgery after suffering a condylar fracture in his right front leg Friday following a workout.
"Somewhere in the work, something went wrong," trainer Tom Albertrani said. "He came back lame, and X-rays revealed the fracture. He'll go in for surgery, likely as soon as (Saturday). Hopefully, we can get everything back in place and he can still have a racing career. The one positive thing is that it happened in a work and not on Monday in the race."
Oratory's injury comes on the heels of dual classic winner Shamardal's career-ending injury and the death of UAE Derby (UAE-I) winner Blues and Royals. Both those colts are owned by Godolphin, while Oratory races in the colors of Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum, who runs Godolphin along with his brothers Maktoum and Hamdan.
Oratory, bred by Louie Roussel III, has three victories and two seconds in five career starts. He captured the Peter Pan in a sharp 1:46.35 for the 1 1/8 miles.
With Oratory out of the Dwyer, Jerry Bailey, who was named to ride to the son of Pulpit
, will now ride Fog City's Stable's Roman Ruler.