Knee Chip Sidelines Kid Cruz

by | 08.29.2014 | 1:20pm
Kid Cruz proves much the best in the G3 Dwyer Stakes

Grade 3 winner Kid Cruz, most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Travers on August 23, will miss the rest of the year after having surgery next week to remove a chip from his left knee.

Trainer Linda Rice said Friday that Dr. Patty Hogan is scheduled to perform the operation on Tuesday at her Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J.

Kid Cruz, a 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, was beaten six lengths in the Travers, finishing behind V. E. Day and previous Grade 1 winners Wicked Strong and Tonalist.

Rice noticed something amiss the following morning, and subsequent X-rays revealed a small chip in the upper joint of the left knee.

“The day after the race I saw a little heat,” Rice said. “The second day after the race, he showed a little lameness with the heat. It took a couple days for it to kind of move around, but [Dr. Hogan] said it's a great prognosis and he'll be good as new.”

In addition to the Grade 3 Dwyer on July 5, Kid Cruz also won the Easy Goer at Belmont Park, the Federico Tesio at Pimlico and the Private Terms at Laurel Park this year.

Claimed for $50,000 last fall, Kid Cruz was third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga and is 5-1-1 from 10 lifetime starts with purse earnings of $508,375.

“He's had a nice season,” Rice said. “It's time for us to get him patched up for next year and, hopefully, have a good 4-year-old campaign.”

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