Noble Causeway, to undergo surgery.

Noble Causeway, to undergo surgery.

Barbara D. Livingston

Noble Causeway to Undergo Surgery for Entrapped Epiglottis

Nick Zito's run of bad luck in this year's Triple Crown continued Monday when it was discovered My Meadowview Farm's Noble Causeway had entrapped his epiglottis in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will undergo a myectomy to correct the problem.

Noble Causeway, a son of Giant's Causeway  who had a nightmarish trip in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when he was wiped out by High Limit and Flower Alley passing the stands the first time, came from last in the 14-horse field to finish sixth in the Preakness at odds of 11-1.

"Nothing has gone right for the horse," Zito said. "Not to take anything away from Gary Stevens, who likes the horse and rode him well in the Derby and Preakness, but we had a jockey in Pat Day who fit the horse like a glove. After Pat won an allowance race on him at Gulfstream, he decided he needed to have surgery, so we lost him for the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the Triple Crown.

"We had the horse scoped after the Preakness and it revealed that he had entrapped. There was no way he could breathe normally, and Gary said right after the race something was wrong. The myectomy is a simple procedure, and we shouldn't lose much time with him. We've had had to give a lot of explanations so far in the Triple Crown, what with Bellamy Road's popped splint and Noble Causeway's problems. And High Fly burned his heels a little in the Preakness."

Zito still has Andromeda's Hero pointing for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). He also won two races on Preakness day, capturing the Sir Barton Stakes with Arthur Hancock's Pinpoint, who has now won three in a row, and winning an allowance race with Tracy Farmer's Indy Storm.