Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit may be sidelined for the rest of the year after he came out of the G1 Travers Stakes with an injury to his right front foot.
Co-owner Aron Wellman told the Daily Racing Form that the colt shed the frog in his right front foot after the Travers, and has since been sent to Rood & Riddle for further evaluation.
Wellman is president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, which owns Tapwrit along with Robert LaPenta, Bridlewood Farm, Gainesway Farm, and Mandy Pope.
Tapwrit had been nominated to the G1 Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 23, but will not make the race. Wellman told the Form that the colt was also nominated to the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 7, but it is doubtful he will make that race.
“The Pennsylvania Derby is definitely out of the question, beyond that we are taking it day by day, essentially,” Wellman said. “The horse is well, he's happy, his energy's good, he's sending us all the right signals, but the frog is an issue we're up against at the moment.”
Plans call for Tapwrit to continue to race as a 4-year-old.
“At the end of the day, we're just going to do what's best for the horse,” Wellman said. “If he's able to be at his best in a big race before the end of the year, then we'll give him that opportunity. If not, we certainly think he's a colt that's only going to get more and more progressive into his 4-year-old campaign. Our goal is certainly to establish him as one of the top older horses next year, if not the top older horse next year.”
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