Samraat, who won the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) and Withers Stakes (gr. III) last year before finishing second in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) and fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been sidelined with another injury.
The four-year-old son of Noble Causeway had gone to the sidelines with a hairline leg fracture after last year’s Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and returned after thirteen months to finish fourth in an allowance optional claiming race at Belmont on July 4th. Unfortunately, Samraat has now suffered another hairline fracture, but according to trainer Richard Violette, Jr., it’s very possible that Samraat could return to the races next year.
“He actually developed another little hairline in the same leg, so we’re probably going to put a screw in it,” Violette was quoted as saying in the August 15th edition of the Saratoga Race Course Notes. “It’s been frustrating, but it looks like that’s what we’re going to do. He hasn’t done enough to really be a stallion, so we might even try him again next year.”