Race of the Week 2017

El Areeb back at Lynch’s Laurel Park barn recovering from knee surgery

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Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

M M G Stables’ multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb is back at trainer Cal Lynch’s Laurel barn recovering from a knee injury that knocked him off the Triple Crown trail.
 
The injury was discovered following a March 29 workout at Laurel, and an operation was performed by Dr. Dean Richardson at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. on Monday. El Areeb was being pointed to a start in the Wood Memorial.
 
“Surgery went perfect,” Lynch said. “Dr. Richardson was very pleased with the outcome, so we came back here the next day. He’ll have a month or so of stall rest, then he’ll go to the farm for a little bit and then he’ll probably go up to Bruce Jackson at Fair Hill for AquaTred and stuff like that. Hopefully by September we’ll be back in full training.”
 
El Areeb kicked off a four-race win streak with a maiden victory and the James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel last fall, opening his 3-year-old season with wins in the Jerome (G3) and Withers (G3) at Aqueduct. He was third after setting a demanding pace in the Withers (G3) March 4 last time out.
 
Source: Maryland Jockey Club

 

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