Last year we saw what we thought was an unseasonably high number of injuries and setbacks to horses on the dream trail to the Kentucky Derby. But that dream quickly turned into a nightmare for many of the horses, trainers, owners and their fans.
The Kentucky Derby domino effect is again in play this year as one by one the horses fall.
Here is what the Kentucky Derby injury trail looks like so far this year.
LAST UPDATED: March 16, 2012
Off the Kentucky Derby Trail: 2012
|Stephanobetatee||Graham Motion||Chipped pastern.|
|Algorithms||Todd Pletcher||Condylar fracture, left foreleg.|
|Out of Bounds||Eoin Harty||Fracture, left foreleg.|
|Fed Biz||Bob Baffert||Hind end issue.|
|Spring Hill Farm||Todd Pletcher||Right knee fracture.|
|Junebugred||Steve Hobby||Ankle chip|
|Consortium||Kiaran McLaughlin||Right front ankle chip.|
|Gentlemen’s Bet||Wayne Catalano||Condylar fracture right front ankle.|
|Chips All In||Jeff Mullins||No injury disclosed; rested for a summer campaign on the turf.|
|Sky Kingdom||Bob Baffert||No injury disclosed; needs 60 days rest.|
Interesting side note from Gary Roedemeier reporting for WHAS Channel 11 Louisville:
Algorithms and Consortium are both Benardini colts. Bernardini offspring are quickly getting a reputation as “fast but fragile.” Consortium’s stablemate Alpha is another Bernardini with a shot at the Derby and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin says he’s dong fine in Florida and will run in the Wood Memorial or Florida Derby.reports WHAS TV Louisville.
I believe that sums up most modern day Thoroughbreds in N. America: fast but fragile.
This is what the Kentucky Derby injury trail looked liked last year.
Off the Kentucky Derby Trail: 2011
|Anthony’s Cross||Eoin Harty||No reported injury but has shown no works since April 18, a week after finishing fifth in the Santa Anita Derby.|
|Arthur’s Tale||Tom Albertrani||Popped a splint in left front leg.|
|Boys from Toscanova||Rick Dutrow||Ankle injury.|
|Gourmet Dinner||Steve Standridge||Sore shin.|
|Jaycito||Bob Baffert||Scratched. Bruised right hoof training.|
|Premier Pegasus||Myung Kwon Cho||Hairline fracture in the cannon bone of his left foreleg; underwent surgery.|
|Riveting Reason||Myung Kwon Cho||Hoof injury.|
|Rogue Romance||Ken McPeek||Reported bruised foot turned into a fractured left forefoot. Not deemed to be career ending.|
|Swift Warrior||John Terranova||Condylar fracture right foreleg.|
|Tapizar||Steve Asmussen||Bone chip in knee.|
|The Factor||Bob Baffert||Displaced palate in Arkansas Derby. Underwent myectomy.|
|Toby’s Corner||Graham Motion||Withdrawn; unspecified issue involving his left hind leg.|
|To Honor and Serve||Bill Mott||Sidelined with suspensory injury.|
|Uncle Mo||Pletcher||Last minute scratch, reason unknown. Later diagnosed with GI tract infection.|
Injured in the Kentucky Derby: 2011
|Archarcharch||Jinks Fires||Suffered a fracture in the front of his left leg at the start of the Kentucky Derby, Bramlage says not life threatening. Retired.|
|Comma to the Top||Peter Miller||Suffered an injured left ankle, chip fracture. Finished last in the Kentucky Derby.|
Injured Post Kentucky Derby: 2011
|Dialed In||Nick Zito||Favorite after late scrach of Uncle Mo, injured following Triple Crown races, right knee chip.|
Where are the injured Derby hopefuls of 2011 now?
According to a horse racing forum, the following horses have been on and off the worktab, and a few have raced.
Boys at Toscanova
Comma to the Top
To Honor and Serve
ArchArchArch and Uncle Mo are both retired.
The others, such as Gourmet Dinner, appear to be unaccounted for at the moment. Let’s hope Gourmet Dinner did not fulfill his unfortunate name, and end up on someone’s dinner plate.
PLEASE NOTE: This information was compiled and is up-to-date as of this writing. However, it is not a comprehensive list and does not include 2 year olds aimed at the Kentucky Derby. We understand from racing insiders that would make quite a list as well. Thank you.