An injury suffered during a Monday workout has taken Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's highly regarded Bind out of consideration for Saturday's $125,000-added Matt Winn Presented by Emirates Equestrian Federation (GIII) at Churchill Downs and has probably knocked him out of racing for the year.
Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Bind suffered a condylar fracture in his right front leg during a four-furlong work over Keeneland's synthetic Polytrack surface that was to have been his final major work prior to his stakes debut in the Matt Winn. Bind covered the distance in :49.60 under exercise rider Jerry O'Dwyer.
“He worked like a champ,” Stall said. “He worked like his normal self. He looked like a gazelle running down the lane, but he didn't cool out properly and there it was.”
Stall said the injury would require surgery and Bind was transported later in the morning to the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for the procedure. He said the prognosis for Bind's fracture is “very good” at this point.
“It's non-displaced, clean, there's no trash,” Stall said. “It's a kick in the teeth right off the bat on a Monday morning, but that's just how it goes.”
Stall said that the best case scenario for Bind would probably see him return to competition late this year or early 2012 when his stable returns to New Orleans' Fair Grounds. Even if the surgery is as successful as he anticipates, Stall said the colt would probably be out of training for 120 days.
Meanwhile, another major contender for the Matt Winn – George Bolton, Stonestreet Stables and Spendthrift Farm's Dominus – is dealing with a foot issue, but remains “possible” for the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.
The son of Smart Strike was nipped at the finish by Machen in a runner-up finish in The Cliff's Edge Derby Trial (GIII) on April 30 and trainer Steve Asmussen said he hopes the issue will clear up in time for the colt to be entered for the Matt Winn on Wednesday.
Another Matt Winn contender, Iron Horse Racing LLC's Alstom, worked a sharp five furlongs on Monday in :47.40 for Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Derby-winner D. Wayne Lukas.
The move over a fast track by the son of Silver Train was the fastest of 54 at the distance. Alstom finished third to Meistersinger in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Churchill Downs in his most recent outing.
Another Asmussen nominee for the Matt Winn – George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables' Astrology – worked six furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday. The third-place finisher in the Preakness (GI) and winner of Churchill Downs' Iroqouis (GIII) breezed in company with 3-year-old stablemate Brock and covered the distance in 1:13.20.
The list of 3-year-olds considered for the Matt Winn (formerly the Northern Dancer) includes (with trainer): Alstom (Lukas); Dominus (Asmussen); Infrattini (Paul McGee); Joe Vann (Todd Pletcher); and Uncle Brent (Lynn Whiting).
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