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Kentucky Derby Contender Injury/Missing List - March

Update on Kentucky Derby contenders that are off of the trail, or that have missed training time. (As of March 31, 2013)

January's Injury List

As of March 31, 2013


Always in a Tiz: came out of the Southwest with a lung infection. Update: After a couple of weeks off, Always in a Tiz started breezing. He's currently prepping at Belmont for a start in the Wood Memorial

Brown Almighty: Finishing fifth in the Smarty Jones Stakes and fighting a lung infection. Update: Brown Almighty is back in training at Oaklawn and recently finished third in the OBS Championship (Colt and Gelding Division) Stakes.

Off of the trail

Big Lute: After an off the board finish in the Southwest Stakes, he breezed a post-race bullet at Oaklawn and came out with a knee chip. He'll be out until this Summer or Fall.

Delhomme: Flipped his palate in the Risen Star. He'll be evaluated for possible surgery.

I've Struck a Nerve: Longshot Risen Star Stakes winner injured an ankle during a breeze on on March 9 and is off the trail. Injury doesn't appear to be career ending.

Tiz the Truth: Impressive maiden winner at Santa Anita in February is battling quarter cracks. He'll be pointed to a summer campaign.

Valid: Injured in the Withers Stakes where he grabbed a quarter. He's out of the spotlight until later this Spring.

Zeewat: After a tough trip in the El Camino Real, he'sbeing freshened for a summer campaign.

Missing In Action

Bern Identity: Stakes winner finished fifth in the Holy Bull Stakes on January 26 and missed a scheduled start in the Fountain of Youth. Update: The Kelly Breen trainee has been sent to the farm to recover from issues.

Escapefromreality: Hasn't recorded a work since he was bumped and clipped from behind in the Gotham Stakes March 2.


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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.
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