03/12/2015 5:06PM

Constitution won't run in Dubai World Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Constitution had some soreness in a shin following his most recent workout, canceling plans to ship to Dubai for the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -  WinStar Farm reported Thursday that Donn Handicap winner Constitution will not participate in the $10 million Dubai World Cup as originally planned.

Constitution, who set the pace and then held off defending champion Lea to win the Grade 1 Donn, worked five furlongs in 1:01.21 at Palm Beach Downs last Saturday. The following morning, trainer Todd Pletcher said he discovered some heat and soreness in Constitution’s left shin.

“With the Breeders’ Cup our main goal, we decided to take the conservative approach for now and not ship him to Dubai,” said Pletcher.

Constitution, owned in partnership by WinStar and Twin Creeks Racing, has won 4 of 6 career starts, including two Grade 1 races, the Donn and the 2014 Florida Derby, both those victories coming at Gulfstream Park.  The 113 Beyer Speed Figure earned by Constitution in the Donn is the highest posted by any horse in 2015.

Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
"Calling Dr Brammage".
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
He is better than dr fine or dr howard
Andrew Connie More than 1 year ago
Maftool Remember this in May...
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Todd pletcher has around 3700 victories. How many of these were without lasix ?
Paul McAleavey More than 1 year ago
You're complaining about lasix? This isn't the 80s or Europe. Horses test positive for things as simple as Tylenol. I'm besides a trainer a personal trainer with multiple rotator tear and other tears and herniations. I'm told to take 2250 mg of methacarbamol and horses get a positive for I believe 200 mg and they're how much heavier than me. The meds have been around since the first king raced since babe Ruth took what at that time was an enhancement drug. Todds biggest issue is his bigness. If i had 250 active horses to race a year regardless of breakdowns I'd be the leading trainer for decades. But having so many you can't have that personal touch. Where was Todd when his horse win a big stake last weekend? I think in Florida when a horse in Tampa won a bigger race. What is this now ten years where he will have 5 horses in the derby. He has the lowest percent of any trainer in history. Ladin doesn't cause the injuries. If you have a proper dietary person replenishing what is lost and do blood tests as all horses aren't equal a simple additional legally to feed is all that's needed to counter effect to lasix? Do euros run to 6-7-8 and do anything in the shed or run fast no? But when they run against niw non lasix horses they excel easy money. Pletchers breakdowns aren't like bad certs too fast workouts his are from giant causeway bad foals and relatives. But you asked about his wins. How many dies King leather bury have? Idk at least twice. He didn't start Ladin until 20 years ago so half of a legends wins were Ladin and it could be higher as he stabled at Belmont and shipped to tracks that allowed Lasix and he won several races probably another 1/4 on lasix. Ladin nights breeders and blue bloods they wee a dying breed and secretariat was on juice. Idc what anyone says but a heart a little bigger twice as big but three times larger did some enhancements. Sorry to burst your Disney bubble
Richard Kalahele More than 1 year ago
tommy More than 1 year ago
If you ever need advice on rehabbing your shoulder, I'm the guy you should ask! I have numerous publications on medical journals for shoulder strengthening, rehabilitation, and overall shoulder function! I'm also an exercise physiologist! I used to personal training but their is no money in that field. You either need to own your own gym / studio, or go to people's houses or parks to train them.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Well i agree that giants causeway horses should stay on the soft grass in europe. Do you remember why claimers in the 1980s ran on lasix and but not the mdn special weight, allowance and stakes horses didnt ? Horsemen thought it might be bad for breeding. How come derby winners go for gin, thunder gulch, and grindstone never raced on lasix in the mid 90s ? Breeding ? Well your nightmare is here. All of the older dirt stars have been sidelined. So your okay with horses crashing and burning ? Now we want european sires in kentucky to try to fix the problem. Remember when new york didnt allow lasix in the early 90s. Wasnt our best horses stabled in new york at that time ? Holy bull, cigar, and skip away. But you dont want to see horses like this. When will you ever learn ?
tommy More than 1 year ago
Always making excuses, my horses are injured. It's the way you are training them!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
You're everywhere Tommy. You're on fire.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I play at every track every weekend !!!! I will dominate march 28 on Dubai races!! African story , California chrome, Ron the Greek, Bayern! Full mast Dubai derby!!!
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Don't discount Prince Bishop Tommy....he's a good one too.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Meydan......best post ever dude. Made my day.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Frank the tank!!! Lol, Dubai has some good horses and the payouts are huge!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
" frank the tank!! " got it from the move old school!! One of the funniest movies I enjoy watching!! Did you see it frank?
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
No juice allowed in Dubai!!
Gunner More than 1 year ago
Let me slap on my Surprised Face! (O-O) not really.
James P More than 1 year ago
Good decision. He would have finished up the track.