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The three-year-old division could be taking another hit, in a year that has seen several of its top horses sidelined. Just after the Kentucky Derby, Take Charge Indy was done for the season as he had bone chips surgically removed from his left ankle. I’ll Have Another was on the verge of a Triple Crown, when he was suddenly retired just one day before the Belmont Stakes due to a leg injury, while the eventual winner of that race, Union Rags, suffered a ligament injury putting an end to his career as well.

Zayat Stable’s Bodemeister has been sent to Lexington for a complete physical examination. He will be evaluated at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and little information has been given as to the nature of the problem with the colt. It doesn’t seem like Bodemeister’s team has any idea what is wrong with him as evidenced by owner Ahmed Zayat’s Twitter regarding the matter;  “Bode arrived at Winstar for diagnostic procedure. He has an appointment tomorrow at Rood n riddle to tell us what’s wrong with him.” {1} Trainer Bob Baffert had his thoroughbred rolling, as he finished just behind Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, I’ll Have Another, before declining to run in the Belmont Stakes. Just a few weeks later it was revealed that Bodemeister wouldn’t race in the Haskell Invitational as expected, due to a high temperature.

Each week seems to take some of the luster off the upcoming Travers Stakes. The “mid-summer Derby” certainly has taken a big hit with Bodemeister being unable to race, but earlier this week another Zayat owned colt, Paynter, was ruled out as well. With the Travers Stakes depleted of the big name competition, Saratoga will now turn to Hansen, Alpha, and Liaison to provide some star power for its signature race of the summer.