Belmont Stakes runner-up Dunkirk (right) came out of the race with an injury that will put him on the sidelines at least until the Fall.
The regally bred of son Unbridled's Song suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the gray colt will have surgery this morning and is expected to make a full recovery and return to the races.
The surgery will be performed at the Ruffian Medical Equine Center in Elmont, NY.
His runner-up performance was impressive considering he set the pace and battled back after being passed by Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird at the top of the stretch. Now that we know he injured himself during the race, it was an even more incredible performance.
There was never any doubt the horse had talent and ability. Certainly his $3.7 million price tag is a great example. But I will be curious to see when he does come back, if he can regain the form he had before the injury.
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire