Thanks to Linda Nickerson for her report in the Equestrian Examiner.
Nickerson reports that Super Saver, the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner, is off indefinitely with leg injuries.
Nickerson said that despite recent defeats in Haskell Invitational (4th place), Preakness (8th place) and Travers (10th place), Super Saver had been regarded by certain Thoroughbred horse racing denizens as a contender for the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
But bone scans at Kentucky’s Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital showed significant condylar bruising in Super Saver’s cannon bones (on all four limbs). Injuries to the left front fetlock posed particular concern.
“A bone scan revealed marked activity in all four cannon bones,” said Rood and Riddle’s Larry Bramlage, D.V.M. (in a September 11th statement to the Daily Racing Form).
“The left front fetlock has the most radiographic change with a major bruise on the cannon bone. Once these are resolved, the horse should return to his previous form.”
Super Saver’s trainer confirmed hopes that the three-year-old bay colt will recover promptly.
“[Super Saver} has always been very gutsy and determined in his races, even when he set fast fractions, so this answers a lot of head scratching,” his trainer told the Racing Form.
Super Saver is now stabled at his owners’ WinStar Farm, in Versailles, Kentucky, where v racing manager Elliott Walden is closely observing his status.
We hope to see Super Saver race again.
That is our wish. And that the horse is healthy once again.