By Dick Downey
Southwest Stakes winner Super Steed is off the Road to the Kentucky Derby following a diagnosis of bone bruising in a front leg, trainer Larry Jones said Sunday morning.
Jones said the problem was discovered Saturday and isn’t career threatening, but Super Steed will need 60-90 days off.
“He came out of that last race with a little more of an issue than I realized,” Jones said. “We did some X-rays and it just looks like if we don’t stop now, we’re going to run into trouble. Thank God, there’s no surgery, nothing is needed. He just needs rest.
“We could probably get another race out of him," Jones said. "We would probably be OK, but probably wouldn’t come out of it as good as what we went in. He’s going to have to get a little time. He’s getting bone bruising and he’s only going to get worse (if we don't rest him.”
Jones said Super Steed will be sent to Kentucky to recover.
Gray Attempt, last in the Southwest after winning the Smarty Jones Stakes, will miss the Rebel Stakes because of an unspecified minor setback, trainer Jinks Fires said Sunday morning.
Fires said he hopes Gray Attempt can make the Arkansas Derby.