02/24/2013 2:33PM

Gulfstream Park: Violence fractures sesamoid, putting racing career in jeopardy

Tom Keyser
Violence, who sustained his first career loss when second in Saturday's Fountain of Youth, will not require surgery to repair his fractured sesamoid but is unlikely to race again.

Violence, who suffered the first loss of his career when second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, fractured a sesamoid bone in his right front ankle, and his racing career is in jeopardy, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning.

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Pletcher said the fracture would not require surgery. He said Violence was "resting comfortably" in his stall at the Palm Meadows training center.

"We expect a full recovery, but his racing career is in doubt," Pletcher said.

Pletcher said Violence would be sent to Kentucky in upcoming days to recuperate.

Violence won the first three starts of his career, including the CashCall Futurity. The Fountain of Youth Stakes was his first start as a 3-year-old.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
With all the comments, compliments and blame that were aired due to this injured Colt, two things that are lacking in too many barns and in the whole sales industry today, didn't get touched on - - - honesty and integrity. Make up your own mind on this.
violet johnson More than 1 year ago
honesty And Intregity Chad, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee This Is The 21ST Century Honesty And Intergity Went Out With The Puritans VQ
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
Interesting,... you're saying that greed - which just so happens to be the driving force behind the 'sales industry', should be tempered by honesty and integrity ? You're talking about oil and water my friend, never the twain shall meet , ...and there is no doubt which will rise above the other!
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
...in this upside down world, that is !!
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
And good taste...call it class...when naming one's children.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Let's see...... Maidens went 1:09. 12k Claimers went 1;03 3/5 for 5.5F (1:10 2/5 for 6f) 25k claimers went 1:10..............Voilence got a 26 2/5 "breather" after the 1;08. You'll NEVER see the day this horse wins a G1 against older horses. Maybe against 3 yo's, but not against good fields.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Especially with a broken leg.
russell More than 1 year ago
Should we keep retiring horses after 5 or 6 races? The trend must end.
AndrewK More than 1 year ago
russell, if they raced more than that, we would actually have potentially full fields(who doesnt love a 3-5 horse race?), exciting cards(who wants to bet quality when theres so much quantity(opcl, n2x, etc.), and maybe a reason to go to the track(who can handle being a fan of a singular horse for more than 12 months), who could want that?
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Well.....They don't let you take the horse van to get the 1 1/4 miles.
Denise Knight More than 1 year ago
way to go dude , thank your parents for not pushing YOU, huh
Michael McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
To everyone bashing the name (which I like and think is edgy) do realize that violence has more than one meaning, right? For example: Vehemence of feeling or expression; fervor. Powerful, untamed, or devastating force (the violence of the sea) Great strength of feeling, as in language, etc.; fervour Ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, vehemence, wildness, fury intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense -the property of being untamed and ferocious; It's doesn't have to be taken in a negative way as a lot of you have rushed to assume. Why not use your time to send well wishes to the connections or if it offends you that much, donate some time or money to an anti-violence charity. That would seem to be a much better use of your day.
Denise Knight More than 1 year ago
you are not a horseman go away
Michael McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
First off, how do you know who I am and second, what in the F does that have to do with anything? I am a fan, a horse player and I know my fair share about horses, racing and handicapping. If you're some big "horseman", why haven't I heard of you? I didn't know you had to be a "horseman" to have an opinion on a horse's name and what it may mean. Thanks for putting me in my place though, lol.
violet johnson More than 1 year ago
"You Are Not A Horseman Go Away' And You My Fair Denise Are Not A *Respectable Lady* VQ
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Good try. I'm sure that everyone knows what violence implys. As for the added examples you cite, all still have to do with exertion of force to injure or abuse, distort, infringe, profane, and destruct (as with your violent sea). The one you left out I believe we might give those namers more credit as to what they were up to; perhaps prophecy is their thing - a crashing or jarring quality. That pretty much describes it.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
And also, you attempt to pull a fast one. You give certain definitions here for the word ''VIOLENT' not 'VIOLENCE.' A violent person does not necessarily resort to violence....say if they're taking their meds....perhaps smoking what you suggested I was. ;) Violence implies an act.... and means that injury, destruction, harm has taken place. /// No hard feelings... Emma Jane in the 8th this Friday.
Sam More than 1 year ago
I agree with Russell. Pletcher has always been a whiner and someone looking for an excuse when his favorites lose.
Gene Cirillo More than 1 year ago
running away with Gulfstream trainer title. a whiner, looking for excuses? gimme a break
Infinity More than 1 year ago
108 and change got this colt hurt with that rabbit in the race......Orb clearly got a patient ride...Johnny V and Class trainer Shug......
James P More than 1 year ago
The "rabbit" was bet down to 7-1 and finished respectable 4th after setting those fracs. That ain't no rabbit.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And was NOT entered for that. He ain't no Hedevar.
russell More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how you can say (Pletcher) a horse doesnt need surgery but his racing career is in jeopardy? Give the horse 9-12 months off and see what happens. He did run very well.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Its a serious Injury . Its not worth racing him agian . A fracture isnt good . It you lay him up bring him back the outcome may not be good . Its not worth breaking him down .
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Would you underwrite a policy to insure this Colt for 'racing purposes'?
russell More than 1 year ago
Is this what we've become? Seriously, this horse isn't worth a lot so how much can insurance cost?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If the horse was valued at 1 million then my guess is upwards of 50k a year.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Poor Violence. This is horrible news about the possible end of his career. Poor baby, he has so much potential, so much talent! I feel for Violence. I'm definitely praying for him and hope fervently for a happy resolution for this turn of events in his life. I wish him a wonderful life. I hope he heals and reovers completely and that he is as pain free and comfortable as is possible. My good thoughts are with you, Violence. Your fans are all here for you, standing with you.