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Kentucky Derby: Govenor Charlie examined for foot problem
By Jay Privman
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.
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.
UPDATE: He's heading to Churchill. The foot is fine.
Maybe War Academy was suffering from "withdrawals" like Big Brown did in the Derby?
Just waiting for the announcement of retirement. Should come sometime today.
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....
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!
He's a gorgeous horse who may just be coming around at the right time. Why not just keep an eye on him!
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
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
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.
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