02/08/2014 7:24PM

Golden Gate Fields: Top Northern California 3-year-old Exit Stage Left injured


ALBANY, Calif. - Undefeated Exit Stage Left, winner of the Golden Nugget, Gold Rush, and California Derby, was injured during training Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and will miss the Feb. 15 El Camino Real Derby trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

The potential favorite for the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Exit Stage Left had a six-furlong bullet work of 1:13.60 on Feb. 2. He was galloping on Saturday when injured.

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“The horse came back from galloping this morning and was injured,” said Hollendorfer when contacted at Santa Anita, where he spent Saturday morning watching his Southern California runners train.  “There’s no way to know why, or, actually, what happened, but the horse can’t run.  He’s going to have to have some time off and that’s all I can tell you.”

Hollendorfer said that Puppy Manners, who finished fourth in the California Derby, would still run in the El Camino Real and that he would now also enter Tamarando, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Russell Baze, Exit Stage Left’s regular rider, will take the call on Tamarando.

Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
He made all the pace in his last start, who will now cut the pace next Saturday?
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Trainer talk...nothing definite about the injury...mystery mystery...blah blah...god speed to the horse
Christopher Clark More than 1 year ago
True, can't believe he came back bad ...it just happen yeah right
robet little t tuccille More than 1 year ago
who would though and new jersey bread horse be the best in his very big north cal barn...
Scot Morley More than 1 year ago
Very Awful, this horse is the real deal. Hopefully he can return.