'Bad timing' counts Global Campaign out of Ohio Derby

June 19, 2019 11:46am
'Bad timing' counts Global Campaign out of Ohio Derby
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Among the top morning line choices for Saturday’s Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby, Global Campaign will scratch due to a quarter crack issue, said owner Sagamore Farm’s president, Hunter Rankin.

The son of Curlin, who defeated eventual Belmont Stakes winner Sir Winston last time in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3), continues to deal with separate problems on the same foot. Connections believe they stem from a grabbed quarter — when a front foot hits a hind foot — leaving the gate earlier this season in the Fountain of Youth (G2).

That fifth-place result at Gulfstream Park is also the only defeat in the colt’s four-race career.

“We didn’t anticipate that being the problem, but it kind of opened back up on him,” Rankin said Wednesday.

“…He had it in the Peter Pan, but it was patched and fine. As these things grow down, you get different issues.”

Global Campaign also rubbed the frog on his same hoof in the Peter Pan and after the race shed it. He trained with a protective plate covering the area until last weekend, when he was re-shod for the Ohio Derby.

“That was just uncomfortable for him,” Rankin said of the frog, not an issue of soundness that would have prevented running Saturday.

Trainer Stanley Hough did not send Global Campaign to the track for training Wednesday. He could return later this week.

“We could really push him, I guess, and do it, but it’s not the right thing for him,” Rankin added. “It’s not a long-term thing. It’s just bad timing. We want to make sure when we do run him that he’s at his best — that he’s happy and healthy and all that.”

Rankin said connections will look next to Belmont Park’s July 6 Dwyer (G3) going a one-turn mile or the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby (G3) on July 13.

“The main thing is, he’s already proven he’s a nice horse,” he said of Global Campaign, who’s owned in partnership with WinStar Farm. “When we take him over there in the afternoons, we’ve got to make sure he’s at his best. This weekend, we don’t think he’d be at his best.”

Global Campaign had drawn post four in a field of seven led by two names from the Triple Crown series. The Preakness Stakes’ third-place finisher, Owendale, is 9-5 on the morning line, followed by Kentucky Derby contender Long Range Toddy at 5-2. Global Campaign measured a 3-1 shot.

Post time for the Ohio Derby is 5:10 p.m. ET Saturday at JACK Thistledown.


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