Runhappy romps in the Malibu under Gary Stevens.
Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Runhappy is continuing his recovery from a bone bruise and could return to the track as early as next month, according to trainer Laura Wohlers.
The 4-year-old colt is scheduled for a bone scan on his right front cannon bone in early August and if all is well, he could resume training.
“He has just been hanging out in the paddock and enjoying himself,” said Wohlers.
Wohlers said Runhappy remains at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, Ky., and has been swimming routinely, which Wohlers hopes has maintained some of his fitness.
He is still cared for by groom Cordell Anderson under the watchful eye of barn cat Sancho.
The Eclipse Award winner has not started since winning the Grade 1 Malibu on Dec. 26. Runhappy battled a persistent foot bruise earlier this spring and was able to jog in a bar shoe but had not been able to gallop consistently as of April. The bone bruise was discovered in early June when Wohlers noticed Runhappy seemed reluctant to gallop on his left lead upon returning to the track.
Wohlers said there are no firm plans for a next start at this stage.
“We’re just going to let him tell us when he’s ready,” she said. “We’ll see how quickly he comes along.”
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