Count Fleet Stakes runner-up Stephanoatsee is off the Kentucky Derby trail
due an injured pastern bone, trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday.
A half-brother to 2011 Preakness winner and Kentucky Derby fourth-placer
Shackleford, Stephanoatsee chipped a piece off the top of the pastern bone in
his right foreleg. He will undergo surgery Wednesday at the New Bolton Equine
Clinic in Pennsylvania, with Dr. Dean Richardson reattaching the piece rather
than removing it.
"Dean's optimistic he could be back (training) in two months," Motion told
Daily Racing Form. "If everything went smoothly he could make Saratoga. It's
disappointing. I was starting to get a little excited."