05/07/2013 12:03PM

Churchill Downs notes: Pure Fun out indefinitely with ankle injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Pure Fun, who finished sixth in last Friday's Kentucky Oaks, is out indefinitely with an ankle injury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ken McPeek said his Kentucky Oaks starter, Pure Fun, will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with what he described as “an ankle issue” following the filly’s sixth-place finish Friday in the filly classic at Churchill Downs.

At 3, Pure Fun has not returned to the form that carried her to victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December.

“It’s nothing major, and we’re still trying to determine whether it’ll require surgery or not,” McPeek said earlier this week.

McPeek also was disappointed with the Kentucky Derby performances of Java’s War (13th) and Frac Daddy (16th), saying the former will move to grass, while the latter could resurface in allowance company in six weeks or so.

Otherwise, it was a terrific Derby weekend for the McPeek stable.

Bellarmine, named for a private university located just six miles east of Churchill Downs, posted an 11-1 score over Code West in a first-level, two-turn race, one of three pricey allowance wins for McPeek on Saturday.

McPeek seriously considered Bellarmine for the Preakness after that race before announcing Tuesday that the colt will not go to Baltimore.

The other Saturday allowance winners for McPeek were Our Double Play (13-1) and Atigun (5-1), the latter of whom will run next in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap on the Churchill turf May 25.

Also, Golden Ticket, a dead-heat winner of the Travers Stakes last summer, was a 2 1/2-length winner of a Thursday allowance and probably runs next in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap here June 15, McPeek said.

Rosario leaves atop standings

Joel Rosario towers atop the spring-meet jockey standings with 14 wins, but now that he will be riding regularly in New York, the top remaining jockeys (with wins) are Shaun Bridgmohan (7), Corey Lanerie (6), and Rosie Napravnik (5).

Among trainers, Mike Maker holds the lead with six winners, followed by McPeek and Amoss with four each.

In the owner category, Ken and Sarah Ramsey figure to continue their domination of this circuit through meet’s end, June 30. They already have eight wins.

McGee wins cards’ final races

The Paul McGee stable had a good weekend by winning the final race on both the Oaks and Derby cards. Sky Girl ($7.80) took the Friday finale under Corey Lanerie, and Column ($19.20) won the Saturday nightcap with Rafael Bejarano aboard.

One of the most satisfying wins in McGee’s career came 25 years ago in similar fashion. He won the last race of the 1988 Derby card with the eventual graded stakes winner Balthazar B., giving jockey Kent Desormeaux his first Churchill win. Desormeaux went on to win the Derby three times.

phil bailey More than 1 year ago
BTW to all you Run her against the boys fans. You mention... well Goldikova, Zenyatta, Pebbles, All Along, Rachel, Groupie Doll . These are Hall of Fame type horses. The list is somewhat short. The list for top males is endless. You just do not see fillies running against the boys on a daily basis.
jttf More than 1 year ago
injuries to horses on the derby or oaks trails were cut down more than 50 % by my records. good job by tracks, track supers, trainers and certain media monitering the injury numbers.
Dave More than 1 year ago
McPeek knew she wasn't right after the Turfway loss. In fact, he basically said as much. Yet they still went for the Oaks.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'm praying for your complete recovery, Pure Fun. Get well soon, cute filly. Those that truly love you await your return. In the meantime, enjoy yourself and have fun during your time off.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
They' ll just freezefire her leg and send her back to the wolves.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Can just see Borel in ten or so years in a rocking chair on the porch of an old age home outside of Shreveport telling the "once upon a time stories".
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
I can just see Calvin in a rocking chair hugging the rail around the porch. Old habits are hard to die.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
"Run her against the boys - Run her against the boys.' Every time I hear that chorus get started I wanna puke.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Agreed.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Goupie Doll did pretty well against the boys.
joakim muth More than 1 year ago
Strange how Euro (even US breed) and Austarilian fillys and mares run against the boys regularly, and do very well, wonder why?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Pace and tracks surfaces are big parts of the answer.
joakim muth More than 1 year ago
Even when they come over to the USA and run?
joakim muth More than 1 year ago
Goldikova, Miesque, Pebbles, All Along etc.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Reason why the girls run good against the boys across the pond is because they train them and surround them around the boys. They are accustomed to being around them so it's no problem for them over there. Yes some trainers here do work some fillies or mares with some boys but it's not an everyday thing; it is over in Europe and other countries. They treat the horses no different
phil bailey More than 1 year ago
me too, I also see comments like Goldikova, Zenyatta, Pebbles, All Along (by joakim) How old were these MARES when they did compete against the boys. The reason you generally do not see FILLIES compete against the boys is they have yet to mature physically or mentally. They are barely 3. Competing against the boys you run the risk of ruining your filly. Example, Rachel Alexandra was a monster at 17 hands high. She had the physical stature to compete. She raced against the boys and beat them twice. 2009 Preakness and 2009 Haskell winner. She returned as a 4 year old and was so drained from her 3 year old campaign that she could no longer compete period. RETIRED. Eight Belles in the Derby tried so hard that she broke down. RIP...It's not wise to race against the boys at an early age. Later when they are 4 or 5 sure. They have grown. I look forward to seeing DOJ as a 4 year old. That will be fun if they don't retire her as a 3 year old.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
Pure Fun seemed a mere shadow of her 2yr old self going into the KO. No surprise hearing this news...
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Too bad Pure Fun got hurt. Borel with one of his Cajun moves out of the gate to cut off Dreaming of Julia. Pure Fun got caught in that.