OKLAHOMA CITY — Belmont Stakes runner-up Denis of Cork will not race the rest of the year because of a hairline fracture in one of his legs, the colt's owner said Tuesday.
Owner William Warren Jr. said he plans to return the 3-year-old to the track in 2009.
”He'll run again as a 4-year-old,“ Warren said. ”This isn't all bad. He'll put on some more weight and mature. At least we caught this now. We've had disasters the last two years of having to euthanize champion horses.“
Two years ago, Warren's horse Saint Liam — the 2005 Horse of the Year — had to be euthanized after an accident at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, where the horse had just begun his stallion career. Last year, Warren's promising 2-year-old, Drill Down, broke down while training at Santa Anita in California and had to be euthanized.