Barely four months after his debut win, less than four weeks after his victory in the split Arkansas Derby, and less than four weeks before he was figured to be one of the favorites in the Belmont Stakes, Nadal suffered a condylar fracture during a four-furlong workout at Santa Anita, reports VSiN.
“He came back off in his left front knee,” George Bolton the horse’s owner told VSiN by phone from Jupiter, Fla. “I’m sending you a photo of his left front lateral condyle. It has a crack in it that goes from the joint all the way to almost break off the side of the bone about five inches above (the knee). It’s about an eight-inch line.”
The news of the injury was first reported by the BloodHorse after confirmation from co-owner George Bolton. “It requires two screws,” Bolton said of the colt’s injury.
Veterinary surgeons inserted two screws to start the repair. The $700,000 Blame colt earned $1,053,000 in his four starts. His owner Bolton figures Nadal will earn a lot more in his career as a stallion than he would racing now the horse has been saved by the surgery.
“This day could have been a freaking disaster,” Bolton said. “Instead, we have an outcome that has a lot of positives, because he got to show up for those four races. Thank God (trainer Bob) Baffert had him. No other trainer would have won on that schedule.”
No other trainer would have won on that schedule . . . . meaning he and Baffert put the horse in a precarious situation to begin with. Greed with a big helping of ego kills. It nearly killed Nadal.
In the Yahoo! News article on Nadal’s injury and treatment, dh commented:
The colt should not be retired to stud. If his leg fractured, it means his bone structure is not good! There was a great show on KPS about horses and a British trainer is using a scientific exam and testing to find out which horses belong in the big leagues and which don’t. I personally (I’m and Arabian horse person) don’t believe horses should be raced or ridden till they are at least 3 years old. If you want to develope muscle driver the horse with no weight one the bones. Also, 100% exercise on a groomed track doesn’t allow the horse to control his limbs and footing well. Just my 2 cents!
Just below dh’s quote, Jack commented, “Poor Nadal, at least he got out of Baffert’s barn with his life!”
We agree Jack. Too bad for Nadal he is still in George Bolton’s life. How is this for a quote from him? “The only good news was that the horse didn’t give up his life. Thank God for that.”
What? Didn’t give up his life? Oh, like the horse made the choice to be inbred and overraced to the point where he sustained a career and potentially life ending injury. Shame on Nadal. How foolish. How ungrateful.
Let’s get real about this too while we are at it. You do not have to be a bloodstock expert to see whoever breeds their mares to Nadal (who will pass his genetic weaknesses on to his progeny whose sire Blame passed them on to him), are unscrupulous fools. So, what does that make Nadal’s owner and blockstock agent?