‘So Far So Good’: Lord Nelson Preparing For Delayed Start To Stud Career

by | 12.12.2017 | 3:01pm
Lord Nelson stretches his neck out to win the G1 Triple Bend

Lord Nelson had to be scratched from the 2016 Breeders' Cup with a cut that developed into an infection in his leg, and the Pulpit horse ended up missing the 2017 breeding season when laminitis set in. According to drf.com, Lord Nelson is preparing to begin his stud career in 2018 at Spendthrift Farm.

His feet have been gradually growing out over the past year, though Lord Nelson is still wearing specialized shoes with extra cushion. He has yet to cover a mare, but is expected to do so in January. Spendthrift plans to take precautions both by limiting his book to approximately 80 mares and by ensuring that those mares are experienced breeders.

“I think this is a horse who is always likely to be at a little bit greater risk for issues than another horse, but so far so good,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. “After a lot of gradual, small, incremental increases in exercise, we've got him to the point where he's going out into a small paddock for several hours a day, and he's handling that really well.”

Instead of offering Lord Nelson with the farm's Share the Upside program, Spendthrift will stand him at $25,000 with a standard stands and nurses contract.

Read more at drf.com.

  • Ida Lee

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….racing fans needed this news that the beloved Lord Nelson is doing OK and will start “dating” soon….just wonderful news ….

  • NMBird

    Thanks for this update! Knew they were on the verge of having him ready to go to stud and now it is happeing.So glad they are taking it very slow! Long life and many babies, Lord Nelson!!

    This also makes me think of Lady Eli…lacerations in her last race….survivor of lamintis…please, take extra special care of her when it comes to breeding her…I would actually prefer if they just didn’t try at all…

    • really?

      perhaps you can send the owners millions of dollars they give up by not breeding her… I would actually prefer if you would stop posting irrational thoughts that pop in your head

      • Ida Lee

        Really, really ??? NMBird is expressing love and caring for someone very important and dear to us….I would love to be able to wrap Lady Eli in a protective wrap so that nothing bad every happens to her again….we all know she will be sold and will start having babies….it does not mean we stop loving her or caring for her and her well-being….

        • NMBird

          Thanks for getting it, Ida Lee!

          Also, I have no clue why my post came up 3 times!!

          • whirlaway

            A few times duplicate posts have happened to me. No idea why. : – )

          • Ida Lee

            You’re welcome NMBird…..I know how much you care about the horses and we all have our “special” ones….with Lady Eli’s history, she is more susceptible to the dangers of laminitis and yeah, we worry about any little thing going wrong…after all, stepping on a nail almost killed her….

      • NMBird

        Irrational?? To be concerned about a horse with her history? Apparently, the complexity of your thoughts don’t go any further than dollar signs. I guess her owners were “irrational” when they rrmoved her from sale due to her injuries, too.

      • NMBird

        Irrational?? To be concerned about a horse with her history? Apparently, the complexity of your thoughts don’t go any further than dollar signs. I guess her owners were “irrational” when they rrmoved her from sale due to her injuries, too.

      • NMBird

        Irrational?? To be concerned about a horse with her history? Apparently, the complexity of your thoughts don’t go any further than dollar signs. I guess her owners were “irrational” when they removed her from sale due to her injuries, too.

  • whirlaway

    Very happy to hear Lord Nelson continues to do well. Good thoughts for LN and will be watching his future horses.

  • ctgreyhound

    Hope Lord Nelson continues to move forward & enjoys the good life for many years to come.

  • Audrey Gulla

    It’s wonderful to know that Lord Nelson’s new career is being approached with love & consideration. May he enjoy a long & healthy life @ stud! :)

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