Sticksstatelydude, the fourth place finisher in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on October 3, will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile this Saturday due to a tendon strain in one of his front legs, according to trainer Greg Burchell.
Sticksstatelydude put in a strong four furlong move in 47.20 at Keeneland on October 23 but Burchell said he noticed heat in the leg in the aftermath. Burchell said the son of First Dude would likely have 30 days of laser treatment on the injury with designs on coming back for his 3-year-old season.
"It's very minimal but it's there," Burchell said. "With technology these days, you can't act like you don't see it. There would be the chance that you could do more damage to it and really hurt him so I'd rather just give him the time and strengthen it back up. I'll give him as much time as he need and ultrasound it again in 30-45 days and see what it looks like and go from there."
Sticksstatelydude broke his maiden at Saratoga second time out on August 1.
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The defection of Sticksstatelydude from the Juvenile allows Waterloo Bridge to get into the 14-horse field, but that one was pre-entered with first preference in the Juvenile Turf.
If Waterloo Bridge does go in the Juvenile Turf, Mark Casse trainee Siding Spring would get into the field.