Promising 2-year-old colt Fire On Ice suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left hind leg and will be out the rest of the year, trainer and co-owner John Kimmel said Sept. 29.
A son of Unbridled's Song, Fire On Ice won his debut on Aug. 27 at Saratoga by 10 3/4 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:09.67. He was being pointed toward the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) on Oct. 8 at Belmont.
“He worked beautifully yesterday (five furlongs in :59 4/5 on the Belmont main track). He wouldn’t have blown a match out when he came back,” Kimmel said. “We took the bandages off this morning and (discovered the fracture).”
Fire On Ice will be shipped to Florida and operated Oct. 3 at the Ocala Equine Hospital by Dr. John Madison. He will rehab at Adena Springs South in Williston, Fla. Adena owner Frank Stronach recently purchased a majority interest in the colt.
“It’s straightforward medicine and surgery, and we’ll bring him back as a 3-year-old,” Kimmel said.