Far From Over, the expected favorite for the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday, has been knocked off the Triple Crown trail after a non-displaced condylar fracture was discovered in his left hind, his connections announced Tuesday.
Far From Over won both of his two career starts. He launched himself onto several lists of top Kentucky Derby contenders when he recovered from a bad stumble at the start to win the Grade III Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on February 7 by 13/4 lengths.
"It's very disappointing to say the least," said Todd Pletcher, who trains Far From Over for owners Black Rock Thoroughbreds, James Covello and Madaket Stable. "It's a very minor fracture; the horse is only slightly off. It was only noticeable at the trot."
Far From Over worked four furlongs in :48.98 at Palm Beach Downs on March 28 and was found to be off shortly after.
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"Yesterday morning we sent him for a nuclear scan which isolated the area and we found the hairline fracture," Pletcher said. "I don't want anyone to be concerned that he's limping around. He's totally comfortable. His prognosis is very good to come back 100 percent.
"I'm mainly disappointed for the connections. But while we are disappointed, we are looking forward to a fall campaign and a 4-year-old campaign with a well-bred horse who should only improve."