Belmont winner Mo Donegal has bone bruise, will miss BC

Belmont winner Mo Donegal has bone bruise, will miss BC
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Belmont Stakes winner Mo Donegal came out of New York’s 1 1/2-mile Triple Crown finale with bone bruising and will be out of training for 60 days.

Trainer Todd Pletcher told Horse Racing Nation Saturday the injury will also force him to miss the Breeders' Cup this fall. 

"He wasn’t moving the same coming out of the (Belmont) so we sent him for evaluation," Pletcher said. "It’s bone bruising, which is pretty common. It looks like 60 days...We just need some time to regroup now. With 60 days off, you need 120 to get them ready sometimes."

Pletcher said it had not been determined if Mo Donegal would return to race as a 4-year-old. 

“We haven’t had that discussion, but I would hope so," the Hall of Famer said.

By Uncle Mo, Mo Donegal has not worked since his three-length victory as the favorite in the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Todd Pletcher recently said it was possible Mo Donegal would train up to the $1.25 Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 27, but that is no longer an option. 

Co-owners Jerry Crawford, CEO of Donegal Racing, and Mike Repole said Saturday that they would share Mo Donegal’s progress as the colt continues to be evaluated.

Prior to winning the Belmont, Mo Donegal won the Wood Memorial (G2) and was fifth in the Kentucky Derby. He has a record of 7: 4-0-2 with earnings of $1,511,800. Those four victories include the Remsen (G2) as a 2-year-old and this year’s Wood Memorial (G2) and Belmont Stakes.

Mo Donegal was the top-ranked 3-year-old in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s weekly poll.

(Additional reporting by Tom Pedulla)

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