01/08/2013 10:53AM

Hightail retired after fracturing a sesamoid at Oaklawn Park

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Tom Keyser
Hightail has been retired as the result of a fractured sesamoid.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail has been retired after sustaining an injury during a recent training session at Oaklawn Park, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Tuesday.

Lukas said Hightail fractured a sesamoid and is to rehab at the Calumet Farm operation of his owner, Brad Kelley. Stud plans for the horse are pending.  

“He’s retired,” Lukas said. “It was training, just a bad step. He’s going to be okay as a stud.”

Hightail rushed up the rail to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint by a nose. He had one additional start following the race and finished fourth to Goldencents in the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot on Nov. 17. Hightail was expected to be a major part of the 3-year-old series during the Oaklawn meet that opens Friday.

“He accomplished a lot, and we were hoping for bigger and better things,” Lukas said.  “We thought he could maybe be one of those that could stretch out for two turns.”

Hightail is a son of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. His dam, Stormy Renee, is a daughter of the multiple Grade 1 winner Fleet Renee. Hightail raced under Kelley’s banner of Bluegrass Hall LLC.

Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
I think these horses are cloned, thus making them half of what they would be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The BC Juvenile Sprint needs to be dropped. Look at the two fields that have been assembled. The 2011 version are either not running now or are running for low claiming prices. Secret Circle won at Oaklawn, but that was it; the 2011 runner-up has yet to run again; the 2011 third place horse is WW claiming horse; the 2012 version now has the winner injured and retired; Merit Man has returned to win, but how vulnerable will he be. Time to redirect this money ( both purse money and wagering money) elsewhere.
ellen zehnder More than 1 year ago
Do they ever give these horses a chance to heal and return to the track! All they do is immediately retire them, because there's big money to be made in retirement. Watch them as they march by. The tough horses of yesteryear got time off to recoup and then went on to race big races again. Look at Seabiscuit, Mariah's Storm, and how many others. This is why the public gets fed up with horse racing.
Albert More than 1 year ago
Sesamoid fractures don't heal. They lead to total breakdowns.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Time for Merit Man to live up to the Hype!!!! Who's going to be the next Trinniberg?
B More than 1 year ago
Sure wish they would work less and race more like the good old days.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
Lucas should have rested Hightail after the breeders cup win. Even us rank amateurs know this.
GOODWIN More than 1 year ago
Amen, Todd...at least, after going through the Lucas training program, Hightail didn't end up like Midway Cat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Midway Cat??? Are you sure on this; Midway Cat was not Lukas; Midway Cat was a horse that broke down in the Florida Derby with Jorge Chavez.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Worst crop of sprinters in a long time!
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Poor D Wayne, boy this was his big shot!!
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
when is lucas going to stud
Bill Chandler More than 1 year ago
You are a hater. Did you leave him out of your bet?
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Stud ? he will never see that day,you mean going to pasture.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Oh come on Todd, you sound like that other Todd on TVG, a JERK. Bad comment