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Kentucky Derby Out for Ive Struck a Nerve

The Kentucky Derby dream of hometown horse, Ive Struck a Nerve, a 135-1 upset winner of the Risen Star Stakes, has been derailed this morning when he came back with an ankle injury following his first workout since his stakes victory two weeks ago.

Fair Grounds-based trainer, Keith Desormeaux, said that his first legitimate Derby contender in 23 years of Thoroughbred training came back from the track with an ankle that his veterinarian will examine. "I'm disappointed, not down," Desormeaux said this morning from the Fair Grounds backside.

Desormeaux said the injury came out of nowhere as the three-year-old son of Yankee Gentelman had been giving every indication of good health. This morning's four furlong workout that Desormeaux timed in 48.4 seconds and watched as Ive Struck a Nerve changed leads on cue from regular rider James Graham and  then galloped out strong. Following a post race walk and bath, Desormeaux noticed his horse was not 100% sound.

"We were well on our way. We only had only one race to go and our horse was a 100 percent sound. Even me knowing how delicate they are, there are some indicators when a horse may give you that he is not the soundest in the world. But this one gave me indications that he was rock solid."

Besides the quick work today, Desormeaux revealed that Ive Struck a Nerve had a thorough physical exam recently as part of a recent minority percentage sale of the horse. He did not want to comment on the percentage of the sale or how much owners, Big Chief Racing LLC, received in return.

"We got a hell of nice horse here; it's not the end of world. To have a horse at this level is very satisfactory in itself."

Ive Struck a Nerve was the longest of shots turned an almost sure Derby starter due to the 51 points he earned in finishing fourth in the Lecomte and then Risen Star Stakes victory. The March 30 Grade I Louisiana Derby was Ive Struck a Nerve's next scheduled start. Depending on the results of the veterinary examine, Desormeaux's horse will either be given treatment, rest or a change in race schedule to get to the Derby, which he did not count out this morning.   

 

What the Nation is saying about Kentucky Derby Out for Ive Struck a Nerve ...

Racing is a tough game with the ups and downs!
Clawback's on a little roll, though.
Too bad for the boy...I am rooting for Whiskey Romeo! In a few minutes we will see him beat Clawback in the Cappy at Aqueduct.
Hope he will be ok, they were so excited to go to thhe Derby
Poor guy, I hope he comes out of this okay, with a prospect of at least reasonable future soundness.
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/76763/ive-struck-a-nerve-injured-off-derby-trail
Nice job breaking this story Bada Bing!
KDesormeaux: I've Struck a Nerve probably goin to Rood n Riddle in Ky on Mon for further eval of "non-career-threatening" sesamoid injury.
was looking forward to seeing him :(
Very bad luck for Keith Desormeaux ... has to be tough.

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Tony Bada Bing began his lifelong quest of finding winners more than 35 years ago as a fifth grade student. This is when his grandfather first took him to the many Off Track Betting facilities sprinkled throughout Long Island, NY. While many kids his age were clamoring to hit the beach or an amusement park during summer vacation, Bada Bing was spending it in stuffy, smoked-filled rooms filled with retirees and reprobates listening to Marshall Cassidy on tape delay calling Saratoga.

This passion was further lit by his father, who took Bada Bing to East Boston's Suffolk Downs, only after Bada Bing learned to read the Racing Form. For most of his young adult life a summer rotation of NY OTB, Suffolk, and the now shuddered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH filled his betting days. 

Notable winners along the way: Willow Hour's and Runaway Groom's Travers wins as well as Derby winners Grindstone, Thunder Gulch (which he called in print the day before) and Super Saver. His latest quest is to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta.

Bada Bing plays tournaments at Derby Wars, bets through several account wagering sites and has blogged about Thoroughbred racing for the past four years. He prefers the bigger meets of NYRA and California as well as seasonal meets of Gulfstream, Churchill and Oaklawn. He likes vertical, multirace wagers like Pick 4s.

He has produced several Horse Racing Nation videos, in addition to blogging. He can be found at Twitter @tonycbadabing. While away from the track Bada Bing enjoys time with his wife, who tolerates and supports his passion, and his two children.