The second Thoroughbred drops from the Kentucky Derby trail because of injury. Is this happening even earlier than last year, and are more horses doomed to follow?
The Blood-Horse reports:
Darley Stable’s Out of Bounds, winner of the Sham Stakes (gr. III) in only his third career start, suffered a condylar fracture of the left front cannon bone in a workout at Hollywood Park March 5, said trainer Eoin Harty.
It was his final work before the March 10 San Felipe (gr. II), in which he likely would have been the favorite or second choice.
“He is resting comfortably and is fine,” Harty said. “He will have surgery within the next few days. I’ll expect him to be out for at least 90 days. His prognosis is excellent.
“I did not notice anything wrong with him until after 20 minutes into his cool out. He had an exceptional work this morning—a very good work. We all had high hopes for this horse. We are all very disappointed—not only for me and my staff but for the Maktoum family as well, for he is a homebred.”
Why this breakdown?
My initial reaction is, it is not the breeding because Out of Bounds is Darley bred. My next thought turns to the ground. California tracks have a reputation of being fast but not sympathetic to racehorse soundness.
The standard excuse is “that’s racing”, but I weary of this response. Unless in using “that’s racing” meaning there are major problems within it and that need to be remedied.
HORSE RACING REPORTS