Derby runner Cutting Humor 'looks fantastic,' nears return

August 16, 2019 11:46am

Grade 3 winner Cutting Humor, unraced since placing 10th on May 4 in the Kentucky Derby, is targeting a winter return to racing.

Jack Wolf, co-principal of ownership group Starlight Racing, said the 3-year-old son of First Samurai exited the Derby with a bone chip.

An operation was performed in May to remove that chip that “was in a pretty good location, so the prognosis is for a full recovery,” Wolf said.

Cutting Humor has recovered since then at Burke Equine Therapy in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., under the eyes of Dr. Stowe Burke.

“We go over and see him every once in awhile,” Wolf said. “…He looks fantastic. Hopefully he’ll be back in training on the track in three or four weeks.”

If all goes well the next few months, Wolf said the Todd Pletcher trainee could race again around December.

Starlight purchased the Kentucky-bred Cutting Humor for $400,000 at Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga 2017 Select Yearling Sale.

Cutting Humor has posted a 7: 2-2-1 record and $515,967 in earnings since starting his racing career last September.

A victory March 24 in Sunland Park’s Sunland Derby (G1) earned Cutting Humor a shot at the Kentucky Derby. On the first Saturday in May, he was wide throughout under jockey Mike Smith and came home 9 ¼ lengths behind disqualified winner Maximum Security.

While Cutting Humor is approaching a return, fellow Starlight 3-year-old Sombeyay is headed the other way.

Sombeyay, another Pletcher charge, ran second by just a head to Casa Creed on Aug. 2 at Saratoga in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G2). He exited that race with a non-displaced condylar fracture.

“We operated on him a few days ago,” Wolf said. “So we’re going to have to wait and see what’s going on with him there.”

Somebeyay, a son of Into Mischief, has a career record of 9: 2-3-0 and $247,500 earned. A Sanford Stakes (G3) score last July at Saratoga highlights his ledger.


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