The Blood-Horse reports that Algorithms is off the Derby trail due to a “fractured splint bone” revealed in an x-ray of the colt’s right front leg.
Algorithms is the first horse off the 2012 Kentucky Derby trail. Can we expect more? Sadly we can if last year is anything to go by. A number of Derby contenders were injured during the run up to the big race that forced them out of the competition; some off the racetrack for good, some to the breeding shed where they could potentially pass related weaknesses on to their offspring.
Algorithms is trained by Todd Pletcher. The report does not mention when or how the injury was sustained. It does, however, mention that they plan to race the colt following surgery.
Owned by Jack Wolf’s Starlight Racing, the horse’s owner says:
“It is very disappointing that he will have to miss the spring classics, but we look forward to having him back in late summer or early fall,” Wolf said in the release. “This really is the best long term option for Algorithms.”
The typical response to ongoing injuries and breakdowns occurring in such young, splendidly bred and lightly raced Thoroughbreds is “that’s racing.” Why is “that” exactly?
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— Putting the horse first pays off, The Blood-Horse, by Deidre Biles, Feb. 1, 2012
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