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Kentucky Derby 2014 - Contender Injury/Missing List

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An update on the 2014 Kentucky Derby contenders that are off of the trail, had setbacks, or have not worked out for a month or more. (As of January 29)



New Year’s Day – retired with a sesamoid  injury in December 2013.

Electric Eddie – suffered condylar fracture during the California Cup Derby.



Honor Code – Trainer Shug McGaughey stated that the colt had an ankle problem and missed some works. Will skip the Fountain of Youth, may point towards a race in NY.

Shared Belief – grabbed a quarter, no works since January 3. Will miss the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. 



Ami's Holiday – Winner of the Gray Stakes hasn’t breezed since his third place finish in the Dec. 3 Display Stakes. Reported to be vacationing on an Ocala farm and should be in training at Oaklawn soon.

Cleburne  – Iroquois Stakes winner bucked shins in October. No breezes since September. Dale Romans reports that Cleburne is galloping at Gulfstream Park.

Go Greeley – Canadian multiple stakes winner hasn’t breezed since September.

Laddie Boy – Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes runner-up hasn’t worked since before November 30.

Smart Cover - Iroquois Stakes runner-up hasn’t worked since August. He’s been galloping at Gulfstream Park.

Wired Bryan – Sanford Stakes hasn’t been seen since his victory in the Bertram F. Bongard Stakes last October.


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Top Billing stellar KD contender. Closed nicely in Fountain of Youth against a very strong early pace bias.
Cleburne and Smart Cover looking for tune up and then a graded stakes for a possible Derby run.
US Bombs, Was Twang ever on the Derby trail? He hasn't raced since August.
  • US Bombs! · I was under the impression he was. After all he was racing At Saratoga as 2yo and pointed in the direction of some major races. If you think he is not worthy then....... · 1384 days ago
Had an old stakes runner at THEN Exhibition Park, now Hastings a few years back named Twanger...Sounds naughty
  • derksensen · you remember twanger he was a great horse he came from off the pace i think how do you know twanger · 1386 days ago
Coltimus Prime defeated Ami's Holiday in the Display Stakes, he had a workout pop up last week in Florida.
Children's show.
Lascivious :)
Lascivious :)
I preferred it when you just picked verses from the t_v bible... now that you are adding commentary, it just isn't the same
Pluck your magic twanger, Froggy -- Andy Devine
I don't know anything about Twang. Dead last in the Saratoga Special makes me think they may have shelved him for a while.
Thanks for info, hope he is well soon.
Hey AnneShaw, TAP IT RICH had been sick the past week and missed some training time (was due to work on Jan. 25th). So he won't make the Robert B. Lewis.
I hope this list does not grow. Unfortunately each year so many are injured or worse. The pursuit of the TC seems to be too much for so many of these fine animals. The stark reality of that fact dampens my enthusiam for the Derby and Preakness.
This list is going to expand almost exponentially as the rigors of the Trail take their toll on the 'rushed into competition" fragile ones.
yukichan- it was reported by DRF 11 days ago that Noble Moon was taken out of training due to a foot issue. He was to skip the Withers and possibly be back for the Gotham.
Amazing; every year at leaf 10 of the top 50 an 5 of the top 25 are out due to injury. Until we copy Europe, this'll keep happening. However, this is a great crop of 3 year olds. Very concerning though that both Honor Code and Shared Belief have minor injuries that could turn into more serious ones. They could follow the Pamplemousse, Uncle Mo and Friesian Fire...
Do you know what happened to Tap it Rich, no works for him either.
I heard Nobel Moon also sidelined?

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