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2014 Kentucky Derby Contender Injury/Setbacks List


An update on 2014 Kentucky Derby contenders that are off of the trail, had setbacks or haven’t breezed in a month, as of March 14, 2014.


INJURED and off the trail

New Year’s Day – retired with a sesamoid  injury in December 2013.
Electric Eddie – suffered condylar fracture during the California Cup Derby.
Shared Belief – grabbed a quarter in 2013, worked once in January. Moved to Golden Gate and reported to be galloping, but trainer Hollendorfer announced that the horse won’t contest the Spiral.
Exit Stage Left - the California Derby winner was taken off the trail after suffering an injury in a workout preparing for the El Camino Real Derby.
Top Billing – fractured cannon bone during a workout – will be out of commission for at least four months.
Walt – The son of Runaway and Hide hasn’t recorded a breeze since his seventh place finish in the Southwest Stakes and was injured.  Trainer Chris Hartman reports that the colt is off of the Derby trail.   

Bond Holder – fourth in the Cash Call Futurity, the Doug O’Neil trainee hasn’t breezed since February 14. Still suffering from a foot injury sustained in a plane flight to Louisiana. He was scratched from the Risen Star.  Son of Mineshaft was supposed to contend the Tampa Bay Derby, but was a no show.  He remains at Tampa Bay Downs and his next start is undetermined.
Havana – the Champagne winner was scratched out of the Swale Stakes due to a quarter crack. 

Smarty's Echo - #37 in the Kentucky Derby Points standings, he finished last in the LeComte Stakes on January 18.  He’s had no recorded post-race breezes.

Ami's Holiday – Winner of the Gray Stakes started breezing on February 20 at Oaklawn. Last recorded work was on March 14, 5F 1:03.40 (20/30).
Cleburne  – Iroquois Stakes winner bucked shins in October. He resumed breezing at Gulfstream. Latest work was March 8, 5F 101.17 (16/42).
Honor Code – back in action. Finished a distant second in an allowance race on March 12. Was uncharastically lathered, difficult to handle and didn’t want to load into the gate. Trainer Shug McGaughey stated that the Florida Derby and Wood Memorial remain under consideration.
Laddie Boy – Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes runner-up was fifth the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, which was his three year old debut. He recorded a post-race breeze of 4F 50.80 (4/7)  on March 11. We may see him in the Spiral.
Smart Cover - Iroquois Stakes runner-up stumbled at the start of the Palm Beach Stakes held on March 1 and finished in eleventh place.


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The promising Hartford (Tapit) has also suffered another minor injury as reported 2/28...
What about Noble Moon?
Laurie,if Shug ever ran H.C. back at Gulfstream.It would make his assisting in really destroying Orb,seem like a philanthroptic undertaking. How there is even a small iota of conversation is beyond me. Maybe it is part of the publicity schtick with Saint Francisco and his buddies. The more they lead on the public that he will run,the more reservations will be made in advance. Shug i do hope you are at least getting a good kickback. But seriously,if he ever ran this horse back in 3 weeks time ,on a track that has a 90% chance of being a cement highway. I will honestly lose all respect for him
Thanks Laurie, East Hall will be off 7 to 10 days due to minor injury in Tampa Bay Derby, hopefully will be back on track for Bluegrass
Thanks Laurie, I gets tough to keep track of all these 3YOs.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


For more than a decade, I've passionately studied pedigree, how it applies to handicapping and breeding theories. In 2010, I joined Horse Racing Nation as their Pedigree Analyst, focusing on juvenile stakes winners, Triple Crown contenders and first crop sires from a handicapping perspective.   


In 2011, I accepted the role of South Florida Coordinator and Advisory Board Member for the national non-profit Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association (ThoroFan). Working closely with Gulfstream Park management and other race fans, we created a ThoroFan Chapter at Gulfstream Race Track. Our main project is assisting Thoroughbred rescue and re-training groups.


I continue to maintain my website Iron Maidens Thoroughbreds and blog of the same name. As a pedigree consultant, I specialize in assisting small to mid-size breeding/training operations with broodmare breeding reports, sales catalog analysis and recommendations on claims and private sales. 10 - 20% of all proceeds are donated to Thoroughbred rescue and retraining groups.
I welcome your questions regarding pedigree, handicapping and breeding. If you would like me to cover a specific topic please contact me at lross@horseracingnation.com.

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