Tapizar, who finished off the board after being rank and setting fast fractions in Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park, has been sidelined with a knee chip that will require surgery, reports Gary West of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. The Tapit colt, owned and bred by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, is being sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where veterinarian Larry Bramlage will perform surgery to remove the chips. Tapizar won the Sham Stakes prior to the Lewis, elevating him to a top 10 ranking on the Paulick Derby Index.
“We'll do right by the horse, of course,” Asmussen told West, “and hope that he can come back prove what a great horse he is.”
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