Reports: Injury sidelines Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston

June 19, 2019 12:28pm
Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston has joined a growing cast of top 3-year-olds who won't get a shot at Saratoga's Travers Stakes (G1), the Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported Wednesday.

Trainer Mark Casse told DRF that Sir Winston will miss training due to an ankle injury that has the son of Awesome Again resting up in Ocala, Fla.

"My plan is to have him ready for the fall with the Pegasus in mind," Casse said. That would be the Pegasus World Cup (G1) that figures to be scheduled for Jan. 25, 2019. Last season, the race carried a $9 million purse with a companion Pegasus World Cup Turf race added at $7 million.
Also, Kentucky Derby winner Country House isn't expected to run again this year, while the scratched Derby favorite, Omaha Beach, has only entered light training, making him a longshot to be ready in time for the Travers.
Casse should still have a contender for the Aug. 24 race in War of Will, the Preakness Stakes winner, while the race is on the schedule for Maximum Security, who will go in Monmouth Park's July 20 Haskell Invitational (G1) first. Tracy Farmer's Sir Winston made the Belmont Stakes his first victory on dirt. He entered off a fast-closing second in Belmont Park's Peter Pan (G3) as a local prep.


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