Horse Racing

Champion Echo Zulu Headed To Kentucky For Precautionary Tests


Echo Zulu

Echo Zulu, 2021 champion 2-year-old filly, was reported to be in good shape Sunday morning after having been scratched at the gate by the track veterinarian due to lameness in her left foreleg prior to the start of Saturday’s $500,000 Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.

“She is giving us all the signs that we want to see,” said Scott Blasi, trainer Steve Asmussen’s assistant who added that she will be shipped to Kentucky for a full evaluation by Dr. Larry Bramlage and his team.

Immediately following the scratch, Echo Zulu, who is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and L and N Racing, was examined at the barn and Asmussen reported later in the day that all her x-rays were “clean.”

“She was fine again this morning, but we will do all of the complete diagnostics on her and go from there,” said David Fiske, the general manager of Ron Winchell’s operation. “We’ll take every precaution, as we do with all of our horses.”

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