03/31/2015 12:31PM

Far From Over injured, out of Wood

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Barbara D. Livingston
Far From Over will miss the Triple Crown after sustaining a fracture to his left hing leg.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Far From Over, the winner of the Grade 3 Withers Stakes and among the favorites for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, is injured and off the Kentucky Derby trail, his connections said Tuesday.

Far From Over was found with a hairline condylar fracture in his left hind leg that will require surgery to stabilize. He could return for a fall campaign, his connections said.

Far From Over, a son of Blame owned primarily by Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Stable and trained by Todd Pletcher, had won both of his starts. He overcame a significant stumble leaving the starting gate and rallied from 10 lengths back to win the Withers Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over El Kabeir.

The decision was made to skip the Gotham last month and point to the Wood. Far From Over breezed last Saturday at Palm Beach Downs and was due to fly to New York on Thursday.

According to Nick Sallusto, racing manager for Black Rock as well as minority owners James Covello and Sol Kumin, Far From Over had tightness in his left hind leg Sunday morning. It took a nuclear scintigraphy performed at Palm Beach Equine Clinic in Wellington, Fla., to identify the fracture.

Sallusto said Far From Over will be sent to Lexington Equine Surgery in Kentucky, where Dr. Wesley Sutter will perform surgery to insert a screw to stabilize the bone.

“The prognosis is very, very good,” Sallusto said. “We are lucky we caught it early. We’ll do the only thing we can do – take great care of him and get our heads wrapped around a fall campaign.”

For Marshall, disappointment down the Derby trail is nothing new. In 2009, Marshall was a minority owner of I Want Revenge, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby the morning of the race. In 2013, Marshall owned Violence, a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old of 2012 who was injured following the Fountain of Youth at 3 and never raced again.

Speaking of Far From Over, Marshall said: “We really felt very highly on the horse. We thought we had the one, as hard as it is to say that. But I’ve had the experience before. It hurts. I think it hurts a little bit more because I’ve got some partners that are great friends of mine that are involved.”

The defection of Far From Over prompted the connections of Gotham runner-up Tiz Shea D and Gotham last-place finisher Lieutenant Colonel to change their plans and point to the Wood.

A field of seven now is expected when entries are taken and post positions drawn on Wednesday. The others are Daredevil, El Kabeir, Frosted, Tencendur, and Toasting Master.