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Saturday, August 6, 2005
More problems for Noble Causeway

By David Grening
Daily Racing Form

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Noble Causeway, who was scratched by jockey Jerry Bailey just prior to the Jim Dandy on July 30, was pulled up by jockey Ramon Dominguez after a quarter-mile in a second-level allowance race here on Saturday.

New York Racing Association chief examining veterinarian Anthony Verderosa put Noble Causeway on the vet's list for an indefinite period, meaning he cannot race until the vets clear him to run. Verderosa, who cleared Noble Causeway to run Saturday after watching him breeze a half-mile on Tuesday, said that Noble Causeway is likely to be shipped to the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky., for an examination.

"We want to see more diagnostic work on the horse," Verderosa said. "This is not just a limb problem. He has been gone over by quite a few vets."

Jockey Ramon Dominguez told trainer Nick Zito that Noble Causeway warmed up fine and broke sharply. But an eighth of a mile into the race, Noble Causeway shortened stride and had no action. Dominguez pulled him up a quarter-mile into the race. Noble Causeway, who was second in the Florida Derby, 14th in the Kentucky Derby and sixth in the Preakness, was made the 9-5 favorite in the allowance race, which was won by Ice Wynnd Fire, ridden by Bailey.

Noble Causeway was vanned off the track.

"It must be something internally because he said it wasn't like that the day he breezed him," said Zito, referring to Tuesday's half-mile breeze with Dominguez aboard. "I have to send him to the clinic to see what's really wrong, because we can't find out what's wrong with him. Thank God he's okay. You can't bring a horse over here like this, obviously, so I'll send him to the clinic and see what the deal is."