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Corinthian injured, will miss classics
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Corinthian, who was disqualified from first in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, has suffered a minor fracture of his left hind ankle and will miss the entire Triple Crown series, his connections said Wednesday.
According to Dr. Stephen Carr, the racing manager for Corinthian's owners, Centennial Farms, Corinthian suffered a "very small hairline crack on the top of and the front of his long pastern bone in his left hind ankle."
Carr believes the injury occurred during an open gallop that Corinthian had on Saturday over the Belmont Park training track. Corinthian had spent the winter at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Fla., and just returned from there on Thursday.
Carr said the crack is so minor it took digital X-rays to confirm it.
"It's a common injury, it does not require surgery, it has a very good prognosis, and it only requires walking about 30 days for it to heal and for him to be able to return to training," Carr said. "He will obviously miss the Triple Crown races and therefore point for such races as the Dwyer, Jim Dandy, and Travers."
Carr said that Corinthian would remain in trainer Jimmy Jerkens's Belmont Park barn.
Corinthian, a son of Pulpit, had developed into a serious Kentucky Derby contender and was bet down to 15-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager after having been part of the mutuel field in Pool 1. He rallied smartly from off the pace to finish first in the Fountain of Youth last month at Gulfstream Park, but was disqualified to third after he veered in on First Samurai then veered out, carrying First Samurai and Flashy Bull out during the stretch run of the race.
Prior to that victory, Corinthian had won two of his first three starts, including a nine-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream in February.
Corinthian had been pointing to the Wood Memorial on April 8.
Achilles of Troy pointing to Arkansas Derby
Achilles of Troy remains on the Kentucky Derby trail after he was found to have muscle spasms in his back following his troubled fifth-place finish in last Saturday's Gotham Stakes. According to Ernie Paragallo, the authorized agent for his family-run Paraneck Stable, Achilles of Troy has no soundness issues with either of his front legs.
Achilles of Troy was vanned off after the Gotham. Initially, he was described as being off in the right foreleg. The following day, Achilles of Troy was found to have no problem with his right foreleg, but had heat in his left front foot and a superficial cut on the coronet band of that foot.
After being examined Tuesday, Achilles of Troy was found to have back spasms, something Paragallo said the colt had following his 14-length win in the Count Fleet in January. Achilles of Troy came back to win the Whirlaway on Feb. 11.
According to Paragallo, Achilles of Troy jogged under tack in his Aqueduct barn on Wednesday and exercise rider Kevin Grau "said he felt great." Grau, who is deaf, apparently told Paragallo last Friday that Achilles of Troy "wasn't himself picking up the bit," Paragallo said.
Paragallo said Achilles of Troy had chiropractic work done on Tuesday and was scheduled to undergo magnetic therapy on his back Wednesday and Thursday before returning to the track on Friday.
Paragallo said that he would point Achilles of Troy to the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 15, because it gives him one more week than the April 8 Wood Memorial does. Paragallo said he didn't want to run in the Blue Grass on April 15 because of the speed-favoring nature of the Keeneland track.
"You can put a billy goat on the lead there and you can't catch them," he said.
Paragallo also said that Scanlon's Song, who finished third in an allowance race on Sunday, could make his next start in the Wood.
Magnolia Jackson to try Distaff
Though Magnolia Jackson appears to thrive with a month between starts, trainer Gary Contessa plans to wheel her back on two weeks' rest in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Magnolia Jackson rides a three-race winning streak into the Distaff, including victories in the Correction and Broadway handicaps. Magnolia Jackson won the Broadway on March 12. The Distaff will be Magnolia Jackson's first start in a graded event.
"Obviously, she likes a little space between her races, but not for a physical reason," Contessa said by phone from the Ocala Breeders' Sales auction in Florida. "This is a graded stakes on a track that she likes - home-field advantage. If you're going to wheel a horse back on two weeks, this is the kind of race you do it in."
Contessa said that Magnolia Jackson's value would be helped immensely by winning or placing in a graded stakes.
Usually run at seven furlongs, the Distaff is being run at six furlongs this year because of NYRA management's decision to extend the inner-track meet. Among those expected for the Distaff are Smokey Glacken, who has won a pair of Grade 3 events this winter at Gulfstream, Great Intentions, Maddalena, Annika Lass, Flame of Love, and Sweet Sweet.
Bohemian Lady questionable for Next Move
Bohemian Lady, the dominant winner of the Affectionately and Rare Treat handicaps, is listed as only possible by her connections to run in Sunday's $100,000 Next Move Handicap.
Seth Benzel, the assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said Bohemian Lady has been suffering foot problems that may force her to miss the race.
"We've had a little bit of a foot issue with her, it's a day-to-day thing," Benzel said. "We're having someone look at her. It might come down to entry day."
If Bohemian Lady - who was assigned high weight of 123 pounds - does not run, Pletcher may still be represented in the race by Fleet Indian, the 5-year-old New York-bred mare who was purchased at auction last November by Paul Saylor.
Fleet Indian won the Montauk Handicap here last November when trained by Jimmy Toner. She won a third-level allowance race on Dec. 30 at Philadelphia Park. Fleet Indian was entered in the Strolling Belle Stakes on Feb. 3, but was scratched when the track came up wet.
The Next Move, run at 1 1/8 miles, could come up light in numbers. The only confirmed runners as of Wednesday were Flame Heart, India Halo, and No Sleep. No Sleep, a winner of three consecutive races, worked four furlongs in 47.99 seconds Wednesday morning over Aqueduct's inner track.
Notimetoquit wins Am Capable
Notimetoquit, claimed for $7,500 last September, became a stakes winner Wednesday when she rallied from well off the pace to win the $62,000 Am Capable Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths over Seattle Lake.
Reserved in fifth position under Harry Vega, Notimetoquit swung four wide on the turn and outfinished the 6-5 favorite Seattle Lake.
Notimetoquit, trained by the Philadelphia Park-based Ramon Preciado, ran six furlongs in 1:11.79 and returned $12.40 to win.