02/01/2015 3:41PM

Injury knocks Calculator off Kentucky Derby trail

Nikki Sherman
Calculator will need about six months to recuperate from an unspecified injury sustained during a workout Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Calculator, the winner of last month’s Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, emerged from a workout at San Luis Rey Downs on Saturday with an injury that will sideline him six months and takes him off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Peter Miller said Sunday.

 Miller declined to reveal the injury. He said Calculator worked well on Saturday under jockey Elvis Trujillo – he went five furlongs in 1:00.40 – but “was off after the work.”

 “We’re hoping for a full recovery, hoping for a fall campaign,” Miller said.

 “To call it a disappointment is an understatement,” Miller said. “It’s a punch in the stomach, whether this happened on February 1 or July 1.”

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 Calculator won for the first time in the Sham, but he had an accomplished resume last year at age 2, when he finished second in a pair of Grade 1 races, the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes, behind American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male.

 Calculator, a son of In Summation, is owned by Richard Pell.

 “I feel bad for the owner,” Miller said. “As trainers you’re used to disappointment on almost a daily basis.”

 Calculator was scheduled to make his next start in the Risen Star Stakes Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds.

Will More than 1 year ago
If all you people hate racing so much, why waste your time bashing people on this site? Because you have nothing else to do with your time? Go home and bask in your perfection and then hang yourselves!
mike More than 1 year ago
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Its so simple if greed and ego are taken out of the equation..run them when they are ready .run them through their conditions.run them where they belong at the distances they are bred for. give them a break to recover.
mike More than 1 year ago
Richard, You're the one that's "drunk". Please say I'm incorrect regarding a few years back Miller ran the sprinter in the Derby,btw who finished last. Wasn't fair to the horse and your "hero's" comments was something leading one to believe that regardless dynamics you go when opportunity presents itself. The horse I'm speaking of was good,but didn't belong in the Derby.
David More than 1 year ago
I think that these new trainers are in to much of rush to get them ready for the big races and pushing'em to hard to soon!...slow down some man!
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
what was the rush, he had an extended layoff, how much longer do you want
mike More than 1 year ago
Long enough. His trainer is a certified troll. Do you remember few yrs back Miller ran a sprinter in the Derby that had no business in the race.?
tommy More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for this cute horse. He has a bad trainer who has no knowledge of training!!! This is why the horse gets a micro fracture in his bone which is due to training and too much stress. Now I'm not here to teach anyone because I won't say but these guys need college education to know how to training athletes!!! These horse are like humans, they have exact physiological adaptations to training as humans do!!!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
"They need college education to know how to (training) athletes".
tommy More than 1 year ago
Yeah!! Apparently however built my ipad, has no education as it has auto spell check!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Anyway, the track is a mafia business, they won't even let my horse run in the track!! I have a horse that runs 2 miles handily from start position @ 2 minutes and 30 seconds on dirt!!!! I only bought this baby for $1,000 and want him for Kentucky derby
mike More than 1 year ago
Tommy,you're correct on your comments. I can't stand the troll Miller. Yes,it's the horse i feel bad for,not the connections.
tommy More than 1 year ago
They don't care about the animals. They give them drugs, neglect, and animal abuse!! Not only that , this sport is filled with people who have no education to train athletes! It's no wonder we haven't had a triple crown winner in over 35 years!!
mike More than 1 year ago
You're on point. Most aren't fit to be called a trainer.
Richard Holmes More than 1 year ago
Are you drunk? Miller is one of the best trainers on the west coast. He was leading trainer at Del Mar again this year. He's been training for 25 years and he worked for Charlie Whittingham. Miller is a great horseman. He used to gallop some of his horses. He can do it all.
Scott More than 1 year ago
Two down...and this was one I really thought looked like a contender.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I disagee....I can't see a In Summation horse winning at 1 1/4
wmichaelheads More than 1 year ago
shows you when you overextend maidens bad things can happen. thats why they have maiden races and nw1 to run in prior to stakes races. what happened to developing a good horse ? unfortunately in this era, if they have talent they are put in over their heads. this is a big reason why California has no horses either greedy trainers or owners running gifted thoroughbreds in tough races far too soon in their career.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Misses the breeders cup with a lingering left foot problem. That makes two talented 3 yr old colts that are already off the derby trail this week. The top twelve 2 yr olds didnt make it to the triple crown races last year.
Chris Enlaplaya More than 1 year ago
rats. I was really on this guy. Hoping now for a full recovery and long racing career ahead.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
Declined to reveal the injury?
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Walter More than 1 year ago
Regardless of whether it's said in public or private, you know it's difficult to believe what a trainer says. It seems they are bred to lie.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
They don't want the public to know for when they go to the breeding shed.
mike More than 1 year ago
Barbara since you're the "end all of racing" you probably can answer what happened to Calculator.
m More than 1 year ago
I saw in harness racing they have to reveal reason for layoffs over 21 days...interesting. maybe some well needed transparency for the bettors....however would probably effect the claiming game in our world or non standard breds.