08/12/2013 12:56PM

Del Mar: Midnight Lucky out for year

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Barbara D. Livingston
Midnight Lucky, winning the Acorn Stakes at Belmont, will get turned out for 90 days.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Midnight Lucky, winner of the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park earlier this year, will not race again as a 3-year-old owing to bone bruising, her trainer, Bob Baffert, said Monday morning.

“She got jammed up, wasn’t moving right,” Baffert said.

Midnight Lucky had been scheduled to run in a pair of Grade 1 sprint stakes at Saratoga this summer – the Prioress and the Test – but she skipped the Prioress with what Baffert originally believed was merely a foot bruise following a half-mile work in 46 seconds at Del Mar on July 21. She has not worked since.

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“She’s going to need 90 days off,” Baffert said. “She’s back up at Hollywood Park now, but she’ll get turned out. She’ll miss the rest of the year.”

Midnight Lucky has won three times in four starts, her lone loss coming in the Kentucky Oaks.

Another fleet 3-year-old filly of Baffert’s, Socialbug, has just returned to light training after taking ill following a powerful debut win against maidens at Del Mar on July 21. Socialbug, a daughter of Curlin, is a half-sister to Midnight Lute, the sire of Midnight Lucky.

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John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
As a former owner, I can tell you that most trainers have to train their stock hard. They tell you, up front, the only way they know if a horse any talent, is to run him hard. Our group purchased a beautifully bred filly, and we sent her to a top New York trainer, who had her doing works of 110, and loved her. Preparing for her maiden race in New York, she came out of the gate, and took a bad step, and it was all over for her racing career. She ended up being a real nice mare, with some good running offspring. The most difficult business to be a part of. Love the sport, but a very expensive, and sometimes, heartbreaking.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
But it's so much easier to blindly hate. Truth is such an inconvenient thing.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
It happens to all of us. No one in the business for any length of time goes unscathed of career ending injury and I feel your pain. I've been there. But to Jeff, it's not always about hate. It happens, understood, but some have the opinion based by aberant statistics that some have more than they should. And that is the truth.
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
steroids don't make great athletes, they destroy them
James More than 1 year ago
that's what happens when you rush to make the oaks in her 3rd start
mikey More than 1 year ago
They want to win early the owners and trainers.They run 3 or 4 races and need time off.The horses of old ran every other week and were fine.These babies stay babies till the break down or are retired at 3 maybe 4.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Fact is Baffert has been investigated this year after the article came out in the Bloodhorse where 7of the 11 horses that died of hear attacks belonged to Baffert. This happened in the late spring near the end of the Santa Anita meet. I don't know what the follow up was, nothing was ever reported.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Bo Derek and the other CHRB members worked diligently to find answers. Necropsies on two of the horses found trace amounts of rat poison, a type not found or used around the barns. Blood doping can sludge a horses blood, rat poison is used to thin the blood. Probably too busy chasing down milk shakers to follow up on that.
Vince More than 1 year ago
Amazing how stake horses are made of glass....yet claimers run 20 times a year
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
I owned claimers also, Vince. It is probably the most difficult part of racing to be a part of. These horses need to race often, to pay the day money involved. You probably are talking about $100.00 a day or more for one horse in a trainers care, and that doesnot include Vet fees, and normal everyday expenses. If you have a claimer, and he is not hitting the board regularly, you are in a NET LOSS SITUATION. Not good.
DavidM9999 More than 1 year ago
Craig: Not taking sides but Indian Charlie, while talented,raced 5 times total before being retired with a supensory injury perparing for the Haskell. Four wins in his short career.
kram hslew More than 1 year ago
jesus, if you are going to win races then expect injuries. how much heat did Dwayne lucas absorb in his hayday. baffert actually does good with seasoned older geldings.
Surasak More than 1 year ago
Good decision for the trainer to layoff until the horse is sound. Amen!
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I don't think its the trainer's fault. Especially in this case. These horses have huge hearts and are born to run and run harder and harder than their counterpart. If you seen some of the races this horse ran in, and the class, you shouldn't be very suprised an injury occurred. Nor blame the trainer. Anybody who thinks its Baffert's fault go back and look at the replays of how hard this horse runs before blaming the trainer.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
This filly is likely done, Ian. He pounded her hooves out. Skruu them replays and look at her worktab.