Unbeaten, Baffert Trained Three Old Nadal Breaks Down with Condylar Fracture; Goes to Stud

SITUATION:
Condylar Fracture Forces Retirement of another derby winner,  Nadal, a growing, not fully developed 3 year old.
It only took two screws in immediate surgery to fix the injury and send this great horse to stud.
Bone and muscle growth are not developed to withstand the rigors of horse racing and training until at least 6 years of age.

SIGNIFICANCE:
Young, undeveloped, and over stressed horses continue to breakdown, experience injuries, and euthanasia at tracks and in training.
Sold originally for $700,000 to agent Kerri Radcliffe at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old in training sale.
Nadal earned over $1 Million in 4 derby races for two owners.

SUMMARY:
Trainer inexperience, Owner pressure, public ignorance, Racing Industry diffusion, and  ongoing Vet fee streams often contribute to over racing, training, and drugging.
More 2 year olds at auctions every year.  Major investment required to buy a horse with blood lines of past winners.

SAYS:
Here is what Baffert had to say per Horse Racing Nation. “He breezed a half (mile).
Everything went well. He came back to the barn and you could tell he was a little bit off. We X-rayed him.”

“Pushing these immature horses for speed before they have reached physical and mental maturity is recklessly dangerous
and systematically damaging for the animal while also proving to be unreliable for the prospective buyers as a predictor of future racing ability.” —Dr. Sheila Lyons 

SOURCE(S):  Condylar Fracture Forces Retirement Of Undefeated Arkansas Derby Winner Nadal;

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/241451/unbeaten-nadal-retired-with-condylar-fracture

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/241447/fasig-tipton-ready-to-get-2-year-old-sales-underway

Leave a Reply