07/02/2011 3:51PM

Churchill Downs: Machen, winner of Derby Trial, out for year

Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs
Machen, with Edgar Prado aboard, comes back a winner in the Derby Trial.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Machen, the flashy winner of the April 30 Derby Trial on opening night of the Churchill Downs spring meet, has been sidelined for the rest of the year after sustaining a condylar fracture of his left front leg during a Friday workout at Churchill. Trained by Neil Howard for Donald Adam of Courtlandt Farms, Machen was being pointed to the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga before being injured.

Machen, a 3-year-old colt by Distorted Humor, was operated on by Dr. Larry Bramlage later Friday morning at the Rood and Riddle equine clinic in Lexington.

“He wasn’t quite right pulling up from the work,” said Howard. “We had X-rays taken right away and found a fracture. Dr. Bramlage inserted a couple of screws and told us that everything looks clean and the surgery went well. Obviously we’re disappointed, and we’ll miss him for the rest of this year. The good thing is we know we have a really nice horse, so we’ll just be patient and look forward to having better times with him.”

Machen easily won his first two career starts, starting with a January debut in which he earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure. After defeats in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby, the colt surged from far back to nail Dominus by a neck in a thrilling renewal of the Derby Trial.