Warrior's Charge out for the summer after case of colic

June 17, 2019 03:20pm

Warrior’s Charge, the Preakness Stakes’ fourth-place finisher who was targeting the July 13 Indiana Derby (G3), will miss that race and other summer features after a recent bout of colic.

Marshall Gramm, founding partner of Ten Strike Racing, which campaigns the son of Munnings with Madaket Stables, said Monday that Warrior’s Charge is taking a two-month hiatus at WinStar Farm.

“It’s all out of his system,” Gramm said. “It was a quick event. He’s just getting a little time. With the colic, and he’s been in training a long time, we just felt the combination of the two things were reasons to give him time.”

Warrior’s Charge validated his owners’ high opinions in the Preakness, as he was supplemented to enter for $150,000. The group made $99,000 of that back after the horse set fractions and stayed on, leaving Pimlico Race Course as one to watch for other lucrative spots.

Now Ten Strike and Madaket, stable name of Sol Kumin, are wondering which races might fit Warrior’s Charge when he returns. Two long-term spots to consider include the seven-furlong Malibu (G1) at Santa Anita Park and next spring’s Oaklawn Handicap (G2).

“Those are things we tossed around when we found out about the news,” Gramm said. "We’ll play it by ear — see how he’s training in the fall.

“…The unfortunate part is, he’s going to miss some of these great races where he fits and might even be favored.”

The Florida-bred entered the Preakness off back-to-back wins at Oaklawn Park, breaking his maiden and then beating winners in front-running efforts as he stretched out in distance. Overall, Warrior’s Charge sports a 6: 2-0-3 record with earnings of $237,110.

Brad Cox trains Warrior's Charge. Coincidentally, his highest-profile runner, reigning champion filly Monomoy Girl, remains without a start this season due to a colic scare of her own.

 

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