|Smooth Air Out of the Texas Mile
Due to Colic
(April 24, 2009) - Smooth Air,
who had been made the morning line favorite at 6-5 for Saturday’s
Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park, will be scratched
from the race due to colic.
While in his barn on Thursday night at Lone Star Park, a track
security officer assigned to guard the 4-year-old colt noticed that
the horse seemed to be in distress.
Trainer Bennie Stutz and a veterinarian were immediately called
to the barn and took Smooth Air to the Lone Star Park’s on-site
Equine Hospital, where he was treated throughout the night.
“He has a little bit of a history of this (colic) and it
was a long, rough night,” said Trainer Bennie Stutz on Friday
afternoon. “But he’s much better today and he’s
feeling good. We’re going to try to take him back to his stall
in the barn this afternoon (Friday) between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
“It looks like he feels good enough to go back into training
and we might try to take him to the track on Saturday and Sunday,”
Smooth Air is scheduled to fly back to Florida and Calder Race
Course on Tuesday, April 28.