Dogwood Stable’s promising steeplechaser, Street Fight, is on the sidelines with an injury and will not race again this year.
The 5-year-old gelding finished second in the grade III Budweiser Imperial Cup Hurdle Stakes during the Aiken Spring Steeplechase in March.
“He pulled the suspensory ligament in his left front leg in April,” said Dogwood President Cot Campbell. “He was schooling, and he came back with some heat in it (the ligament). It was ultrasounded, and it was found to have a strain.”
Plans call for Street Fight to be returned to training later this year, “but by the time he is ready for that, the season is going to be just about over, so we won’t run him until next March in Aiken,” Campbell said. “The best thing for him is to do nothing until next spring and then hope to have a good year in 2015.”
Street Fight, sired by Street Sense, has won three of his 26 career races. He has finished second four times and third five times while earning $118,623.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013.
A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.