03/03/2014 4:10PM

Aqueduct: Mean Season out indefinitely with leg injury

Debra A. Roma
Mean Season wins an allowance race Saturday at Aqueduct. He was pulled up past the wire by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Mean Season, who looked to be developing into a top-flight sprinter, will be out indefinitely due to an injury he sustained in winning an allowance race at Aqueduct on Saturday.

According to trainer Bill Mott, Mean Season suffered “an avulsion fracture at the origin of the suspensory” of his left foreleg. That type of injury involves a bone and soft tissue that makes it somewhat tricky to determine how much time off the horse will need.

“I’ve heard three to four months to more than that,” Mott said by phone Monday from Florida. “We’ll start with that. There are no shortcuts that I know of. It’s just a tiny little fragment; it’s not a huge piece.”

Mott said that no surgery is required, just time. The horse eventually will be shipped from New York to Classic Mile, a training center in Ocala, Fla., where he will be under the supervision of former trainer Bill Recio.

Mean Season was pulled up by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. an eighth of a mile past the wire after he dominated a second-level allowance race by 7 1/2 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:09.43. That time was .42 of a second faster than Strapping Groom ran the same distance in winning the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap on Saturday. Mean Season earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure for that performance.

It was Mean Season’s third win in as many career races. He debuted at Laurel Park in September for trainer Jose Corrales and Ginger Punch Racing. Sent through the Keeneland auction ring in November, he was purchased for $150,000 by Jake Ballis and Miami Heat basketball player Rashard Lewis and turned over to Mott.

Mean Season won a first-level allowance race by eight lengths Dec. 22 before being scratched out of a Jan. 18 allowance race due to a temperature.

“He looked pretty impressive to me,” Mott said about Saturday’s performance. “He looked like he might be pretty special.”

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mr Mott a great horseman he will take care of this horse something special
Dennis Mathews More than 1 year ago
You don't see horses move like that every day. I was literally on my feet in awe and I have seen them all in the past 45 yrs.Unfortunatly, like so many with this brilliance he's fragile! Maybe it was Woody Stevens who famously said "this ain't no game for short pants"
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
Seth Kupperman More than 1 year ago
He probably means the INSERTION of the suspensory on the sesamoid. The ORIGIN is on the palmar aspect of the distal row of carpal bones- an odd place for this sort of injury.
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
that sucks
bourbonhaze More than 1 year ago
Mean Season went through the Keeneland auction ring in November (2013) not January.
Greg More than 1 year ago
Another one bites the dust man this is crazy!
Jim More than 1 year ago
He looks almost exactly like breeders cup winner Cherokee Run and runs exactly like him too. Such a shame!!
martymar . More than 1 year ago
that was a pretty impressive win on saturday, I don't think he was geared down considering he was never geared up. Good luck to Mean Season recovery and hopefully we get to see him race again.
Linda Broussard More than 1 year ago
What a shame. I appreciate Mr. Mott telling us the truth about this lightly-raced 4YO's injury. I also appreciate the fact that the connections didn't drop the colt in for a tag and hope he'd become someone else's problem. Nowadays, this is rather on the noble side. FYI, I've watched Mr. Mott many a morning when we both had horses at the same track and consider him a real horseman, not something I'd say about most of the big barn trainers.