Firing Line To Miss Training Due To Illness

by | 07.11.2016 | 9:53am
Firing Line set a track record in the 2015 Sunland Park Derby before finishing second to American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby

Firing Line, winner of the G3 Sunland Derby and 2015 Kentucky Derby runner-up, has been taken out of training after being diagnosed with an illness.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the 4-year-old son of Line of David underwent a thorough exam after a dull fifth-place finish in an optional claiming race July 9 at Santa Anita. That race marked the first start for Firing Line in over a year. The Simon Callaghan trainee underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from an ankle last summer.

Callaghan told the DRF that Firing Line was scoped on Saturday after the race, and he was found to have a “considerable amount” of mucus in his lungs.

“He had a lot of mucus down there and that seems why he ran a dull race,” Callaghan said. “He's on some antibiotics. We'll make sure we get that cleared up before we do anything.”

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