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Nadal retires undefeated as leg injury forces the Colt into premature retirement.
Nadal retires undefeated as leg injury forces the Colt into premature retirement.
Nadal retires undefeated as leg injury forces the Colt into premature retirement.

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Kentucky Derby hopeful Nadal retires🥺

  • Nadal retired after suffering leg injury
  • Immediately sent for surgery, will return as Stallion
  • Retires undefeated from four starts

Leg injury sustained in trackwork forces Nadal into early retirement after a training mishap on Thursday.

The leading Colt Nadal was considered one of the red-hot contenders heading into Kentucky Derby – which was slated for September 5 this year.

However, in trackwork on Thursday at Santa Anita, Nadal pulled up lame and was immediately assessed by vets.

Xrays revealed Nadal had suffered a left front lateral condylar fracture and was immediately sent in for surgery at the equine hospital at the Southern California track.

While details remain light, co-owner George Bolton confirmed the news to Bloodhorse.

“It (the injury) requires two screws,” he said.

“He is now going to become a stallion.

“It’s very sad, obviously. I just got the call this morning. It’s a call you never want to get in horse racing.”

Nadal was being aimed towards next months Belmont Stakes.

Alongside Tiz the Law and Charlatan, he was considered a favorite for the coveted Kentucky Derby with 150 qualifying points towards the “The Run for the Roses”.

The three-year-old Son of Balme was also ranked first in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old poll.

He retires unbeaten in his four career appearances.

It comes in a horror 24 hours for Bob Baffert who has come under fire for returning two positive tests from the Arkansas Derby.

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