04/17/2013 12:49PM

Kentucky Derby: Govenor Charlie examined for foot problem

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Govenor Charlie was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Govenor Charlie, the Sunland Derby winner and an intended starter in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after arriving in Kentucky from California.

"We had a hind foot issue a couple days ago, so I want to make sure we didn't miss anything," trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday.

Early Wednesday evening, Baffert reported, "So far, so good," on the results of the precautionary tests, and said Govenor Charlie was scheduled to return to Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon to begin final preparations for the Derby.

Baffert said War Academy underwent a similar examination, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, after being pulled up Saturday in the Arkansas Derby. Baffert said War Academy checked out well and was already back at Churchill Downs.

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606 More than 1 year ago
Okay, so what exactly is a "hind foot issue" anyway? Does anyone ever ask a trainer to elaborate when such vague statements are thrown out there? Apparently not.
CassSpeaks More than 1 year ago
Horse is limping. Don't know why. Send to vet for diagnosis. Capische?
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Capishe indeed ESPECIALLY since the animal can't speak? Hello!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
UPDATE: He's heading to Churchill. The foot is fine.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Maybe War Academy was suffering from "withdrawals" like Big Brown did in the Derby?
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
you mean the belmont?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
big Brown got stepped on and had a shoe ripped off, all before Desormeaux pulled him up. In fact right out the gate, he was slammed against the rail and stepped on, loosing a shoe.
Tom Van More than 1 year ago
Your a dummy Sam! Don't start lumping all trainers together, none the less Big Brow was a talent.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Just waiting for the announcement of retirement. Should come sometime today.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Did Hagyard Medical ultrasound WAR ACADEMYS Breaking point ! Please, it does not take to much time to figure out what happenned in his dissapointing Grade 1 debut coming from a victory in a weak 5 horse 1OT ALLW. at SANTA ANITA. All you had to do is realize that you cant jump up a flight of stairs at once when you dont even know their is another step to climb up so you LEARN to get to the top. WELL BRED EXSPENSIVE horse should go to a smaller barn with a BIG name....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people who keep bashing Baffert, need to get a life. Do you really think if he did NOT care about the horses he trains, he would have sent War Academy in for a checkup? Mike Smith pulled War Academy up because the horse felt like he was not handling the track. Why aren't you people questioning Mike Smith's integrity. He pulled a horse that is completely healthy out of a race? Baffert has many horses and like all trainers with large stables, and Baffert's by far is not the biggest in this country, relies on assitants and stable hands for much of the work. He manages the stable. Steve Assmussen is the greatest example of a large tacing stable, he runs horses in races located at 6-8 tracks each day of racing. Baffert did not have 7 horses die over the last 18 months, there were a combined 7 sudden deaths in horse racing in California, which includes Quarter horses, standard breds and thoroughbreds, not to mention mules and Arabians. Get you facts straight and stop try ing to take down the industry. As far as drug violations, many are mistakes and he reason people like Dutrow, O'Neil, Rodriguez, Mullins are at the top of the list is the severity and type of drugs. There are different types of violations. Class 1,2 and so on. Thoroughbreds in this country are so over and inbred that the breed as a whole has many infirmities and that alone is responsible for many of the breakdowns and need for many supplements used in the industry. Supplements and injuries are a major part of horse racing just like hman athletics. So, STOP bashing who and what you dont have all the facts about! The best thing Daily Racing Form couldfor horse racing is put an end to these forums at theb foot of their articles, before they have no reason or need for a website dedicated to horse racing news!
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
lol someones losing their temper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yep, lol. Just tired of reading so many comments by people who just don't seem to know how to read. Many of them obviously do not understand how drug violations are ranked and how many people are employed in the barns at race tracks to care for equine athletes.
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
i dont look at all that. i just come to this website and more often than not i'm reading about an injured baffert 3 year old.
Jason Hart More than 1 year ago
I don't like the constant Baffert bashing either, but you're kinda hypocritical here. You wanna tell others to get a life, yet you question Mike Smith's integrity? The horse didn't feel right so he was pulled up. So what if the vet found nothing wrong? Vets miss things all the time. Mike is the one whose life was at stake here. I've had too many close friends die or get permanently injured to listen to garbage like this. You think Mike simply didn't want any part of that million dollar purse? Think before you post.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not at all, i put that in because someone made a statement that Baffert injured him. I totally understand a jockey easing a horse that is not running well over a surface or feels uneasy. That jock is risking his life every time he climbs aboard. I totally backMike Smith in his decision. I may have just worded it improperly or just got carried away in the wrong direction. Sorry and thanks for pointing out how I miss spoke.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
If you're going to defend Baffert by chastising the so called Baffert bashers, saying they can't read and don't have their facts correct, you can't do it by not reading yourself and using made up statements, and ignoring the facts. Regarding the sudden deaths you stated the facts incorrectly several times. You say Baffert did not have 7 horses die over the last 18 months. Correct, he did not, in fact he had 7 die in the last 16 months, even worse. You say there were a combined 7 deaths in the state of Ca. Wrong, there were more, 7 of them were from Bafferts barn in those 16 months. Stating that the total in the state were from all breeds doesn't help your case. All 7 of Bafferts were for sudden death due to cardiac failure in thoroughbreds alone. His percentage goes to lofty levels in just thoroughbreds of sudden cardiac failure. If you were his lawyer or spokesperson, you would be fired. You continue to believe that others have been punished based on severity of drug classification. Wrong again. You say Dutrow, Rodriguez and O'Neil are the real bad boys. Baffert has 1 more drug violation than Dutrow, more than O'Neil and far more than Rudy. Do the research on this, it's not class 1,2 or 3 so you start off on a bad foot. You've been corrected on O'Neil before but continue to ignore the facts. O'Neils suspension was for c02, the same stuff we exhale with every breath. It was for a horse that finished 8th more than two years ago. It's thought to possibly be the sign for a milkshake. It is not classified as a drug as there are no drugs in a milkshake and doesn't even meet standards for drug classification. Again, if you were Bafferts lawyer, you would be fired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok, I will admit I have errors. You sir should read this sites list of trainers with violations. Doug O'neill has 4 times the violations Baffert has, O'Neil's are spread across the country. You should do your home work before opening your mouth and correcting others also! Just check the the following website, http://thoroughbredrulings.com/default.asp.
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
*Drug O"neill
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
they are both scumbags
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
You are absolutely incorrect sir. Before you tell me, in such a derogatory manner, to not open my mouth and correct others when wrong, you should at least make sure you are correct in your facts before saying that. thoroughbredrulings.com only goes back to 2005. Racing did not begin in 2005. All of Bobs violations for drugs came before that. 20 on my count and during his rise to fame. I will give you a chance to take a deep breath and do more research. Check out an article, "at breeders cup, a volatile mix of speed and drugs" NY Times, by Joe Drape, published November 3 2010. Do the math, then I will accept your apology, or if not we can make a wager, one I can't lose.
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
i said before i dont care about the numbers. im upset i was deprived of a full 3 yr old season from Real Quiet, Indian Charlie, Silver Charm, Excellent Meeting, Point Given, Indian Express, Bodemeister, Paynter, Liason, Game On Dude, Vindication, Kafwain, Sinister Minister, Officer, Cavineer, Midshipman, Fed Biz, Pine Bluff, Congaree, etc etc. you know a season that starts in cali goes to the derby, heads to the haskell/travers and ends in a breeders cup race. feel free to add to that lofty list
Justin Mato More than 1 year ago
and dont forget pioneerof the nile!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
just for clarification, my post directly above is responding to anonymous.
Craig More than 1 year ago
Horse Cents,Great rebuttal.Who do u like May 4th.I will throw him in my exotics.I like the cut of your jib.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Craig, serious or not, I'll answer. You don't need me to give you Orb or Verrazano. Of all the serious contenders, Itsmyluckyday might be the best price. I've liked him since his Gulfstream derby Jan 1. He gets over the ground beautifully, slightly lower head style, long straight right lead. He is seasoned and will do what the jock asks. Going inside or out or between is no problem. Like Verrazano has a quick turn of foot. Ask him to sit, no problem, and ask him to go and he will pin his ears and give everything he has. I like that in a thoroughbred. 1 1/4 is a question mark, but if he does and hits the board, nice ticket.
Craig More than 1 year ago
Thanks Horse Cents,He is a Lawyer Ron with some Slew on the bottom half of ped.I think he will get the trip.Also like the fact he is at Calder,very deep sandy track that gets them fit.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
The Crown of Success comes at a HUGE price. It is a Crown most of us here will never and can never carry. There is no shame in being among the 99%. :-))
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Just a response to only the first part here , you say how Baffert cares , no kidding pal, a $480,000 purchase in War Academy. Pulls up with probally the best jockey in the country . Why wouldn't you take them and get checked out. But the answer they got at the clinic was , Bob, you should have never ran a horse that wasn't ready to go from a weak allowance to Grade 1 company. It's that simple Bob , or should have said , that stupid ...
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
He's a gorgeous horse who may just be coming around at the right time. Why not just keep an eye on him!
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! What is going on with the Baffert horses? According to what I read, he has lost around 7 horses in about 16 months. An investigation is pending so I read. What happened to these horses? It is very important to tell the truth of the matter and to prevent further deaths. The horse must come first. The industry must recognize this, otherwise, they will lose some fans. I believe that horse racing is a dying industry. Does he medicate them needlessly? I am worried about his horses. Thank you! Lise from Maine
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Hi! Horse racing is a multi billion dollar business. Go hug a tree and don't forget your PETA pep rally!
Mark More than 1 year ago
But u knock pletcher for winning ?
anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good one!
fourroads910 More than 1 year ago
I will not be betting any baffert horse until that barn get back on track. Horse dying ..pulling up lame something wrong an he is hiding it
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Thats what I like about Mr. Baffert, he always looks out for his horses and makes sure that all is well before anything else. Good looking out, thats why he's so sucessful and wins alot, the horses health always comes first.
Mark More than 1 year ago
7 dead
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Boy you sound completely foolish with that comment. I bet if you hang with WAR ACADEMY and could read his mind, the horse would say , please Mr. Forego, ask Bob not to do that to me again, next time, If Mikeys not on my back, I might really get hurt. Thank you Mr. Forego, now can I have some carrotts please....