Romolo's Fritzi had won both his starts since being purchased last fall by Team Valor and Seven Pin Stable, including an impressive score in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Gulfstream on Mar. 1. He is not expected to race again this year.
Romolo's Fritzi, who finished a well-beaten second in an Aqueduct allowance race Saturday as a prep for the Wood Memorial, came out of the race with a fracture of the right front knee, co-owner Barry Irwin of Team Valor said Monday."We knew there had to be a reason for the way he ran," Irwin said. "For two days, we were trying to figure it out. He developed some heat in the knee, and X-rays disclosed the fracture. It's a good-sized line, but it's not displaced. We won't know for a few days whether surgery will be needed."