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.

Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Pletcher!
Raymond Roberts More than 1 year ago
When he stumbled so hard leaving the gate in the Withers I was AMAZED not that he won but that he didn't get hurt.In the back of my mind I kept wondering if there was a shoe to drop due to that stumble.Well it did.I am sure that stumble is the source of of this fracture."Hairline"....just took a while to show.Delicate and fragile breed.
Anthony Bartolo More than 1 year ago
It is a little pathetic that we have only a 5 horse field at the moment.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I guess it's over for the derby !!! Game over!!! I guess it's over !!!!!
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Why beat up young 3 y.o.' s, when U can run 4 millions as an older horse. 2 much hype about Louisville.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
That is not a weak field.
Scott More than 1 year ago
I tend to agree that even with Far From Over dropping out, it's still an interesting group of horses. I don't think any of them have any shot in the Derby, but the race shapes up as a pick 'em in my opinion. You could make a case for all of them and it wouldn't be a stretch. I will say that Far From Over seemed the most likely to make noise on Derby Day (assuming he wasn't too green.). The biggest question horses in this race for me are: Daredevil - can he last to 9F's Frosted - same question! El Kabeir seems a cut below the top talent this year, but he should be good enough to answer the distance question on the two listed above. Additionally, they could answer it by taking each other on early. No matter what it will be fun.
Bob More than 1 year ago
Worst Wood ever. There are too many prep races to spread out to. It weakens what once was great races.
joe d More than 1 year ago
no horse in the wood has a shot at anything!!! the race has taken a plunge in recent years. it should be a grade two!!! my opinion.
Kelsey More than 1 year ago
The Wood Memorial is a prestigious race son. Lets see, Gemologist was close to or if not favored after the Wood in the Derby. Verezano was chalky after the Wood in the Derby. Going back a few, you got Bellamy Road favored in the Derby after scoring in the Wood. Empire Maker, Congaree and the Derby winner Fu-Peg. Even last year Wicked Strong didn't disgrace in the Derby after winning the Wood. Sorry son, your stance doesn't stand up to facts.
Scott More than 1 year ago
Kelsey, every prep produces "contenders", but the Wood's recent list hasn't produced a winner. Having a favorite for the Derby come out of the race and then watching them fail to win is worse in some ways. It's been since 2000 (Fu-Peg as you wrote) for the Wood and this year doesn't look too promising - especially with Far From Over being held out. I was actually excited about his chances in the Wood and maybe more.
Kelsey More than 1 year ago
Scott - which "prep" produces winners?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Florida Derby and mostly late the Santa Anita Derby do your own homework pls
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Funny how some act like Pletcher pushing this horse too hard led to his injury. Pletcher was actually taking it easy on Far From Over. Pletcher's horses don't get hurt more than other trainers. You just hear about them more because they're high profile horses. Shug had two horses on the Derby trail last year and 100% of them missed the Derby with an injury. What a monster Shug must be.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Last year pletcher had havana, anchor down, constitution, commissioner, ichiban warrior, danza, we miss artie, and two horses that died. Intense holiday and onlyforyou. Now which of these horses stayed healthy ? What is shugs injury list in 2013 and 2015 ? Didnt pletcher inject a horse 17 times the week a horse broke down and died ? Brandon is another example of todays education in america.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look at all the past Derbys and just see who has made the race and where are they now. Shocking that a massive amount of them do not run races after the derby at all and from all trainers. Pletcher just has a large number so you drinkers of haterade need to look at the whole picture and stop being so Pletcher OCD.
Dom DiNatale More than 1 year ago
Pletcher goes to the derby every year they run it....he makes horses go to the derby even if it kills them....Shug on the other hand has been to three derbies...THREE!!!!...what part of that does the pletcher apologists not get?...real quiet had twelve stars BEFORE the derby.....Affirmed?....9 starts before the derby.....its too bad this horse got hurt but anybody that would bet 2 dollars of real money on him to win the derby in his 4th career start? .....you have better chance of getting hit by lightning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to all you Pletcher haters... Waaaaaaahhhhhhh Wahhhhh Boo hoo Wahh Wah ah!! stop your whining.