West Point Thoroughbreds' Ethan Man, winner of the Swale Stakes, will be out of action for several weeks following the discovery of a bone chip in the colt's left front ankle.
The injury was discovered Wednesday morning -- four days after Ethan Man's disappointing fifth-place finish as the favorite in the Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland. Trainer Patrick Byrne said the colt had
appeared to be fine on the first couple of days after the race, but the first sign of a problem in the ankle appeared on Wednesday.
"There was a significant amount of filling (in the ankle)," said Byrne. "He walked sound and jogged sound, but we X-rayed the ankle and there was a small chip sitting there. It's no big deal. We'll pluck it out and we'll have him ready for Saratoga."
Byrne said the Glitterman colt has already been shipped to the Woodford Veterinary Clinic in Versailles, Ky., where Dr. Bill Baker will remove the chip in surgery that is scheduled for tomorrow.
"It's a simple procedure," said Byrne. "He's sound and doesn't appear to be sore on it, but it's there. Hopefully it'll be a squeaky clean deal and we'll pluck that out. There'll be some stall rest involved -- how much will be determined after he takes the chip out. But he should definitely be back by Saratoga."
After the disappointing run in the Coolmore Lexington, Byrne had given fleeting thought to running Ethan Man either in Saturday's Derby Trial or the first running of the Matt Winn Stakes, for 3-year-olds and six furlongs, on May 11.