Ankle Chips Force Limehouse to Sidelines

(from Dogwood Stable report)
Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, injured while finishing sixth in the Ohio Derby (gr. II) June 12, will be out of action until this winter.

Cot Campbell, president of Dogwood, said the 3-year-old multiple stakes winner was found to have chips in his left front ankle and is to have surgery to remove them July 14.

After his unplaced finish in the June 12 Ohio Derby, Limehouse was sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, where scintigraphy revealed the problem.

"Limehouse took a bad step at the three-eighths pole in the Ohio Derby, and finished sixth. Now we know the reason," Campbell said. "We will re-X-ray in late August to monitor his progress, but we are optimistic that we can plan on a 2005 campaign in Florida. He's won four stakes and is by a popular stallion (Grand Slam) so there's been great interest in him as a stud, but we do want to race him next year."

Limehouse, a solid fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has five wins in 11 starts and earnings of $677,435. He won two grade II Florida stakes, the Hutcheson and the Tampa Bay Derby, earlier this year. The colt's current purse earnings stand at $677,435. Todd Pletcher has trained him throughout his career.