McPeek: Signalman to miss summer classics with 'minor injury'

July 12, 2019 07:47am
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The Grade 2 winner Signalman, who Kenny McPeek had hoped to start in Saratoga's July 27 Jim Dandy (G2) and Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1), will miss both of those summer staples due to a "minor injury," the trainer announced via his Twitter account.

McPeek said Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital's Dr. Larry Bramlage called for 90 days off.

"He will return to training this fall 100%," McPeek said.

The nature of the injury was not specified.

Signalman, who broke his maiden last summer at Saratoga and emerged on the Kentucky Derby trail when winning Churchill Downs' Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) in November, is still looking for his first victory since then. The son of General Quarters finished second to the emerging Mr. Money in his last start on June 15 in Churchill's Matt Winn Stakes (G3).

Signalman worked as recently as July 5.

McPeek continues to be represented in the 3-year-old division by Holy Bull (G2) winner Harvey Wallbanger, who he recently said could try turf, and Cairo Cat, who won Churchill's Iroquois (G3) last year and is on the comeback from an injury of his own.


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