"He's going to be OK," Baffert said. "Sometimes they come out of it after you treat them, but he didn't. And once you treat them this close to a race, you have to scratch anyway."In his only start this season, Kentucky-bred Congaree finished fourth in the Jan. 31 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. Last year, Congaree won five of nine starts--three grade I stakes and two grade II stakes--at distances from seven furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.Congaree, who was bred by Stonerside, has won 12 of 24 career starts. His strongest season earnings-wise was 2003, when he banked $1.6 million.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, who has earned more than $3.25 million so far in his career, was expected back at Bob Baffert's barn at Keeneland Racecourse Thursday morning after being treated overnight for colic at Hagyard-Davidson- McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, Ky.Although the problem was not serious, it was sufficient to knock the 6-year-old son of Arazi out of the April 10 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.Baffert said the condition was detected soon after Congaree arrived Wednesday following a flight from California that included a stopover in Arkansas. The horse was initially treated at the barn but was taken to the clinic when his condition didn't improve.