04/20/2010 11:00PM

Injury may end Cloudy's Knight's career


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cloudy's Knight, the 10-year-old gelding who has earned more than $2.5 million and would have been a solid favorite Friday in the closing-day Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland, might have to be retired after suffering a tendon injury in a Monday workout, trainer Jonathan Sheppard said.

Cloudy's Knight "worked very well and seemed to be cooling out fine" after breezing five furlongs in a minute flat over the Keeneland Polytrack, "but then he wasn't walking too well," Sheppard said. "He has sustained an injury that may be career-ending, although the veterinarian has advised us to wait a few more days before coming to a decision. Sometimes when these injuries are diagnosed in the early stages, it's difficult to determine whether there's actually a tear or just blood in the affected area. In any case, he'll be out for a few months at the very least."

Cloudy's Knight, bred and owned by the S J Stables of Shirley and Jerrold Schwartz, was enjoying a sensational twilight in the care of Sheppard, the Hall of Famer who took him on as a reclamation project after the gelding's form tailed off in 2008. A Canadian champion for his previous trainer, Frank Kirby, Cloudy's Knight won 4 of 5 races, all stakes, after resuming his career last September, with his only defeat coming by a nose in the Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita. His most recent appearance resulted in a victory in the Grade 2 McKnight Handicap on Dec. 26 at Calder. Overall, he has won 14 of 41 starts and $2,519,035.

"He's been a remarkable horse," Sheppard said. "This may be for the best, because I'm sure at 10 he only had so many more races left in him. If he is through, at least he's going out on top."

Misremembered heading back to California

Trainer Bob Baffert has withdrawn Misremembered from consideration for the Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard and for the June 12 Stephen Foster, saying he was not satisfied with how the 4-year-old ridgling worked here Sunday. Misremembered, winner of the March 6 Santa Anita Handicap in his last start, breezed six furlongs in 1:13 in his first recorded workout in three weeks.

Baffert said he planned to send Misremembered back to California.

"We're just going to take a different course of action with him," he said.

Meanwhile, Underground, the 4-year-old filly who was alongside Tiz Chrome when that colt broke down in a Sunday workout among Baffert-trained stablemates at Churchill, suffered a condylar fracture during the aborted breeze and has been sidelined indefinitely.

Underground, owned by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, was a romping winner of a first-level allowance at Santa Anita in her last start Feb. 24. Tiz Chrome was euthanized.

Oaks bubble horses await 'Devil' decision

With the recent announcement that Devil May Care might run in the Kentucky Derby instead of the Oaks, the connections of several bubble horses for the April 30 Oaks are paying even closer attention.

As things stood Wednesday, a defection by Devil May Care from the Oaks lineup would allow Champagne d'Oro to get into the race. Trainer Eric Guillot, who arrived here Tuesday, said Champagne d'Oro will work this weekend in anticipation of making the 14-horse field. Switch is next on the also-eligibles list.

Pure Clan targeting Mint Julep for return

Pure Clan, winner of nearly $2 million for breeder-owner Lewis Lakin and trainer Bob Holthus, is having a difficult time making it to her 5-year-old debut, and will miss the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day.

"She missed some training because of the weather at Oaklawn this winter," Holthus said.

Conceding the mare has been somewhat reluctant to train in recent weeks, Holthus said: "She has been better in the last few days. We're going to have to miss the Derby Day race, but I'm hoping we can make the same race we started back in last year," the Mint Julep on June 5 at Churchill.

Pure Clan has specialized in turf racing and has won 8 of 16 career starts, with her biggest win coming last fall in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park.

Mushka retired, to be bred to Distorted Humor

Mushka, winner of the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster last year, has been retired, owner Elizabeth Moran of Brushwood Stable said.

A 5-year-old Empire Maker mare, purchased for $2.4 million by Brushwood Stable at the Keeneland November sale in 2008, ran twice this year, finishing fifth in the Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita Feb. 13 and fourth in the Grade 3 Orchid at Gulfstream March 28.

Last year, under the direction of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, she took the Spinster via the disqualification of Proviso, who impeded her in the stretch, and later ran second to Life Is Sweet in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

"She's had a little bit of an ankle issue, and at her age it might be a little bit of time before she could come back to racing," said Moran.

She is to be bred this spring to Distorted Humor.

Superfecta pays $7,636 for a dime

Some lucky players cashed fat tickets with dime superfectas in the fourth race at Keeneland on Wednesday when 31-1 shot Time Doesn't Wait led a parade of longshots across the wire in a $10,000 claiming race.

With 21-1 Zone, 20-1 Faithful Flyer and 29-1 No Image following her across the wire, there were only six winning dime tickets in the superfecta. Each paid $7,636.21.

* Retired jockey Randy Romero, a six-time leading rider at Keeneland, will sign copies Friday at Keeneland of "Randy Romero's Remarkable Ride," a biography of his life co-authored with Eclipse Award winner Bill Heller. The signing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

- additional reporting by Byron King