Out of Bounds, winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes on Jan. 7, will miss the entire Triple Crown season after emerging from a workout Monday morning with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left front cannon bone.
The son of Discreet Cat covered 5 furlongs in a bullet :59.20 at Hollywood Park on Monday in preparation for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita this Saturday. The move was one of the more impressive works the chestnut colt has put in, but trainer Eoin Harty said the horse started showing signs something was off while cooling out.
"He will have surgery within the next few days," Harty said in a statement. "I'll expect him to be out for at least 90 days. His prognosis is excellent.
"I did not notice anything wrong with him until after 20 minutes into his cool-out," Harty continued. "He had an exceptional work this morning. We all had high hopes for this horse. We are all very disappointed — not only for me and my staff but for the Maktoum family as well, for he is a homebred."
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Owned and bred by Darley, Out of Bounds won the Sham Stakes in his third career start. He is out of the Grade I-winning Unbridled's Song mare Unbridled Elaine and broke his maiden at Hollywood Park on Dec. 10 after finishing fourth in his career debut at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 22.
Equine injury data online
The Jockey Club has created a Web site to enable racetracks to publish their statistics from the Equine Injury Database, James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, announced Monday.
The Jockey Club will maintain the Web site at Jockeyclub.com. Visitors can click on "Safety Initiatives" on the left side of the site to see the database. Summaries of fatality statistics for a particular track will include the month, year, number of race days, number of starts, age and sex of the horse, distance of the race and the surface on which the incident occurred.
More than a dozen racetracks have committed to publishing their respective statistics on the site. They are Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields, Gulfstream Park, Keeneland, Laurel Park, Lone Star Park, Pimlico, Portland Meadows, Remington Park, Santa Anita, Saratoga, Turfway Park and Woodbine.
While all of its track participate in the Equine Injury Database, which was started in July 2008, none of the four tracks owned by Churchill Downs Inc. committed to publishing its injury statistics through the new Web site.
Including its flagship track in Louisville, the CDI-owned tracks are Arlington Park, Fair Grounds, and Calder Race Course.
John Asher, vice president of racing communications for Churchill Downs racetrack, said in a statement that Churchill's injury data is made available to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and that "anyone wishing to review the information we disclose can easily obtain it from the KHRC."