04/08/2013 12:22AM

Flashback off Kentucky Derby trail with knee chip

Shigeki Kikkawa
Flashback, second in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, will have surgery in Kentucky and is expected to make a full recovery.

Flashback, who finished second to Goldencents in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, was found on Sunday afternoon to have a small chip in his right knee, trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday night. He is off the Kentucky Derby trail, but is expected to make a full recovery after having surgery in Kentucky with Dr. Larry Bramlage.

"There was heat in his right knee and we took X-rays and had them sent to Bramlage," Baffert said Sunday night. "He's got a chip. It's small. It's fresh. When you take it out right away they can make a full recovery."

Baffert said Flashback would leave for Kentucky on Wednesday for the surgery with Bramlage at Rood and Riddle.

Flashback has raced four times, with two wins and two seconds. He won his debut at Betfair Hollywood Park in December, then won the Robert Lewis Stakes in February at Santa Anita before finishing second in last month's San Felipe Stakes.

He is owned by Gary and Mary West, whose Derby prospects Code West and Power Broker have disappointed in recent preps. Flashback was considered their best chance for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.

Flashback is the latest high-profile runner to come off the Derby trail, following Hear the Ghost -- the San Felipe winner -- as well as Violence and Ive Struck a Nerve.

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Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
Too bad about Flashback. Plenty of ability. Nowadays IMO training and the thriving of the hoss coming into the Derby is more important than MOST pedigrees(some obvious sprint pedigrees have no chance but sprint (at least race career) broodmare sires have included Carson City(Barbaro) and Smile(Smarty Jones). Both pretty easy Derby winners.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
The way Flashback galloped out and was gaining on Goldencents he had a good shot in The Derby. A small, fresh chip is no big deal. Glad Baffert is doing the right thing for this colt. Others may have kept him going. Heat but not lame on leg is always a plus. Least we didn't hear how happy the colt was and that he wouldn't work up to Derby...like somebody did last year between Preakness and Belmont to disguise his colt being dead lame and training on drugs to try to win TC...NICE JOB BAFFERT. GLAD SOMEBODY IN CALIFORNIA HAS SCRUPLES
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Careful Thomas. One good decision for the good of a horse does not scruples make.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Okay. But its a step in the right direction. Even though he has govenor Charlie.
scott More than 1 year ago
If he was training on drugs....how'd he pass all the tests in CA, KY, MD? No positives of anything for that horse. Where you get your info Thomas?
Richard More than 1 year ago
There was no good reason to take Leparoux off Flashback and replace him with Gomez. These are things that are usually done by the owner. However, the way Mr. Baffert acts now I would not be surprised if he did. Whoever made the change, out of a stable of 106 horses, the West family will not be represented in The Kentucky Derby. It was very unfortunate since Flashback had ample points to get in. Not everybody gets a chance to have a Derby horse! This point system means you cannot buy your way into The Derby. Too bad, I had all three horses in my trifecta and was glad to read that Flashback was in, until I read this article. BUMMER!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Speed freak, he breaks down more potentually great horses, than anyone else ! Bode, was one of the best bred Derby horses in yrs., the speed freak killed him. But thats what he learned from the other speed freak . Take a quess . They will never say their horse isn't good enough, even if he or she isn't bred too go 1 1/4 . Its another world, STAMINA, in the breeding !
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
Very unfortunate... Hope we see him again.
Alex More than 1 year ago
The way Gomez was jerking this horse around and then angry whipping him it's no surprise he is injured.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen a horse race in your life before????
Alex More than 1 year ago
Have you ever bathed?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
it was an honest question.you did make a pretty ignorant statement.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
He could have been injured worse if he doesn't "jerk" him back in his lane as he was in danger for a moment of clipping heels.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Keep an eye out for Dens Legacy,come Saturday in the Arkansas Derby.
ted More than 1 year ago
Only way he wins the rest fall down
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Legacy is a solid horse, but mediocre when discussng the better 3 yr olds. The good news is the Ark Derby is rather mediocre itself. If he makes the Derby, the bad news is he'll run five off the leaders and finish 10 off the winner.
Frank Petro More than 1 year ago
The 2 best trainers are obviously Petcher and Baffert.Simply look at their results.Look at the number of stakes winners that they have produced.Why do multimillionaires take their horses to them.Because they give them the best chance to produce winners.Now the bashers can respond but they are obviously jealous and prefer to rip up their losing tickets.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Not bashing anyone, at least not in this post, but you have ignored a very important factor. Baffert and Pletcher have a huge numbers advantage. Both have owners with deep pockets willing to spend what they want or need. Baffert has started more than 60 horses from this crop, almost 40 of them colts. And I guarantee that there is more in the wings that haven't made it to the gate yet. Pletcher is in the same ballpark I'm sure. Tens of millions are spent at the sales every year just on their young horses alone. Add to that equation that their game is to get a 3 yr old to the Derby. Wouldn't take a genius to assume that if a handful of other good horsemen were in the same situation with the same mind set goals, they would also have a few on the Derby trail every year.
Nina Fields More than 1 year ago
Baffert bashers are idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who can only badmouth success. Baffert is one of the great ambassadors of the industry. Fortunately, you nuts are not the public faces of horse racing. On the injury, I too wonder why they would fly across country for such a simple procedure, unless there is a possibility of him still making the derby. 99% unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
maybe if they would stop inbreeding these poor horses that would be a little tougher