Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity winner Maxfield, scratched earlier this month from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile due to what was initially diagnosed as a foot bruise, underwent surgery on Monday to remove a “mildly displaced” chip in his ankle.
The 2-year-old son of Street Sense will be out 60 days, according to owner Godolphin, after which he is expected to return to trainer Brendan Walsh's barn at Palm Meadows.
“While it was obviously disappointing to miss the Breeders' Cup, the welfare of the horse comes first and we brought him home for a full evaluation with Dr. (Larry) Bramlage (of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital),” said Jimmy Bell, president of Godolphin's U.S. operations. “We will give the horse all the time he needs before resuming what we hope to be an exciting season for him next year.”
Maxfield will be aimed at making the Kentucky Derby in 2020, but no specific race plans have been announced.
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