Cairo Prince will race again this year

04/25/2014 10:12 AM

One-time Derby favorite Cairo Prince will undergo surgery Friday for ankle chip, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. And, he could return for a late summer/early autumn campaign.

The colt, who was pulled out of the Derby last week, was shipped to Rood & Riddle Equine hospital in Lexington to be examined by Dr. Larry Bramlage. (full story here)

“Cairo Price is scheduled for surgery at Rood & Riddle to remove a small but very painful chip from his ankle,” McLaughlin tweeted. “If all goes well, (he) should be back for a successful late summer/fall campaign.”

Cairo Prince won the Holy Bull at Gullstream Park earlier this year before finishing a disappointing fourth in the Florida Derby. The injury was first though to be a foot problem but after X-rays proved negative, he was sent to Lexington for a full exam.

“Thanks for all the kind words and support for Cairo Prince and my team during this difficult time,” McLaughlin tweeted. “Thankfully, it is a minor injury.”


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