03/01/2014 3:00PM

Gulfstream Park: Havana misses Swale with quarter crack

Barbara D. Livingston
A small quarter crack will push back Havana's 3-year-old debut.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Havana developed a small quarter crack on his right front foot on Saturday morning, forcing trainer Todd Pletcher to scratch the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up from the Grade 2 Swale later that afternoon at Gulfstream Park.

“He came out this morning a little tender in his right front foot but I didn’t see anything of note so I took him to the racetrack to see how he was,” said Pletcher. “When he came back after galloping, I noticed he had a little bit of blood on the inside corner of his right foot and saw a little quarter crack. It shouldn’t be a big deal, but obviously the timing couldn’t have been worse.”

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Pletcher said although he doesn’t anticipate the issue to be serious, he noted quarter cracks can be tricky to deal with at times.

“It’s hard to make a firm plan until I can see how long it takes to get this patched up and ready to go,” said Pletcher. “I’ve had some of these where you get a patch on in 48 hours and never look back, while others have been a longer, more drawn out process. Right now we’re literally day to day.”

Havana won his first two starts at 2, including the Grade 1 Champagne, before suffering his lone defeat when beaten 1 1/4 lengths by New Year’s Day in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Pletcher said the horse had some minor setbacks earlier this winter which delayed Havana’s 3-year-old bow, and had hoped to use the Swale as a stepping-stone to one of the major Kentucky Derby preps in April.


Jordan More than 1 year ago
The logical thing for the horse would be to forget the Triple Crown and target the big 7-9 furlong events later in the year. But Derby Fever is a powerful force.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
NYRA had delays in making payoffs yesterday which were in fact taking about an hour to pay winning tickets. Something I'm sure the competition might be interested in. Us gamblers are not bottomless pits to be having to add money to an account to make a bet. NYRA has to be the worst managed entity in racing. They treat the folks over at Aqueduct like vermin.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Hialeah was often reprimanded for dragging out post times in the 1980's. Seems somewhat ironic that the track that tried to kill Hialeah now does the same.
Scott More than 1 year ago
why isn't something done about the way the post times are handled at gulfstream? its ridiculous how they are drug out. its post time and you still have 10 minutes before they go in gate.this should be something those stewards could look at, if they wanted too.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Off point but Hersch just nailed Gulfstream with a zinger about dragging post times. The Tiajuana Twostep had nothing on these cats.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
a track the caliber of Gulfstream should not be so bush league similar to penn national trying to get a few hundred more on the board. This bad habit should be corrected.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
not buying it. he didn't want the one hole. IMHO.
hialeah More than 1 year ago
OK So where does he go? And how soon?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The breeding shed. ASAP.
stephanie richter More than 1 year ago
Saw this coming days ago..or something to this affect. Trained for yrs & never had one quarter crack. & if he really saw blood, will take months to grow out. Hooves like fingernails. They grow Slow. BS dodging NNN
Mark More than 1 year ago
Lol Dodging the most over hyped horse since orb. Smh . Foolishness.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Redboard bull for Patcher.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Yeah, a Grade 1 winner on dirt was dodging a horse who had never run on dirt before, let alone past 6 furlongs. Sounds logical to me.
Tim Berry More than 1 year ago
one half inch per month, and that's in the winter, the hoof grows slower in the summer. If he was my colt he wouldn't run all spring..