03/06/2015 6:00PM

Khozan, undefeated Pletcher trainee, off Derby trail

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Barbara D. Livingston
Khozan wins an allowance race Feb. 22 to improve to 2 for 2.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Friday that the undefeated Khozan is off the Kentucky Derby trail after coming back from a routine gallop at Palm Beach Downs that morning off in his right hind ankle.

"We've sent him to Rood & Riddle. I'm waiting for Dr. [Larry] Bramlage's opinion on Monday," said Pletcher.

Khozan, a son of Distorted Humor owned by Al Shaqab Racing, is undefeated and unchallenged in two starts. He won his career debut by 3 3/4 lengths going six furlongs, earning a 103 Beyer Speed Figure, then returned to dominate allowance company at a mile by nearly 13 lengths Feb. 22. He was targeting the Florida Derby as his final Kentucky Derby prep here March 28.
 

Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
For all you whom thought that Khozan was this years winner of the Kentucky Derby gotta go back and think . Yeah he was 2 for 2 in his 2015 3YO race career, yeah he is a million dollar baby buy, yeah he is trained by one of the best. But come on people, he had won 2 races against, well , not much. Never seen 2 turns in the afternoon only in the morning. He didnt even have a point in the system to even get in this years Derby.Hopefully this horse can come back and pick up were he left off and run in the second half of the season. He is a nice horse but to win the Kentucky Derby with nothing to talk about as a 2 YO ? No, we wont ever see it. Advice here , anyone who is going to bet on a horse to win the KD without racing as a 2yo, dont do it, worst bet ever these future pools ....save your money until the first Saturday in May....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Billy, you are correct! The needing to run at 2 is the longest running power point for any serious Derby contender. While, I'm not so sure we won't see it in our lifetime, it certainly is an insane futures bet to make. I was dangerously close to actually putting money on Hoppertunity on Derby Day even though I knew it was wrong. I would never wish harm to a horse, but I found myself glad as a handicapper that his scratch kept me from making a mistake. Of course, I went on to line out my perfect Trifecta and Superfecta bets (the first two bets I wrote on my notepad) costing me about $4000 grand anyway. OOPS!!!
russell More than 1 year ago
Considering top much blue-blood Pletcher gets he hasn't had a lot of superstar horses. He has between 100-150 horses in his barn every year. Compare that with Mott who has trained some legends; Cigar, Royal Delta, Theatrical, etc... There really is no comparison who the better trainer is.
mike More than 1 year ago
Exactly
mikeg More than 1 year ago
There is no comparison. Pletcher is clearly the better trainer. He wins with 2 yr old fillies, older males and everything in between on both surfaces.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
THE REASON TODD PLETCHER AND BOB BAFFERT ARE SO POPULAR AMONG MONIED OWNERS, IS THAT THEY HAVE SHOWN GREAT SUCCESS IN THE PAST. HOW DID THEY GET THERE? LEARNING THE TRADE FROM A GREAT TRAINER. THESE GUYS ARE ALSO GOOD MANAGERS, AND WHEN THEY GET A YOUNG TWO YEAR OLD, THE ONLY THING IN MIND, IS THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY. IT'S NOT ON PURPOSE THAT A GOOD PERCENTAGE DON'T GET THERE, BUT SOME DO. IN TP'S CASE, IT HAS BEEN A ROUGH ROAD, BUT HE ISN'T SOLELY THE BLAME, AND NEITHER IS BOBBY B. AS FAR AS PHARMACY, THEY CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH, WHICH IS A LOT LESS THAN WAS USED IN THE PAST. HORSE RACING IS A TOUGH TUFF GAME, ANYWAY YOU SPELL IT. UP AT 4 OR 5 AM, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK , OWNERS, WHO CAN BARELY SPELL HORSE, CALLING DAILY WITH QUESTIONS YOU CAN'T ANSWER, AND TELLING YOU TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE. AND THAN THE GAMBLERS GROUSING BECAUSE THE BIG GUY LET THEM DOWN, BY RUNNING A HORSE TOO SOON OR THE HORSE GETS IN TROUBLE AND NORMALLY THE RIDER AND TRAINER ARE BLAMED. I'S A TOUGH GAME. IMHO
mikeg More than 1 year ago
You are making a lot of sense which explains the thumbs downs you are getting from the haters typing away from their mother's basement.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
As sad as it is to have a potential derby horse drop off the trail.it is not like he was this years SHARED BELIEF.at least not yet. He had run 2 races against nobody and won easily .and yes while he was very well bred and a half to champion ROYAL DELTA he still had a lot to prove. Part of being a superstar is being durable enough to take on the best and beat them multiple times. Winning a maiden and an allowance race no matter how impressively does not make you champion special .There have been many like this one who looked the part but could not stand the rigors of campaigning .and there have been many who where even more impressive early achieved more and were still disappointing in the end VEREZZANO, UNCLE MO, SHANGAI BOBBY, MORE THAN READY , BELLAMY ROAD , FAVORITE TRICK, ESKENDAREYA (funny at least five from the same trainer as KHOZAN) and there are many many more. so as sad as it is that this horse will miss the derby and probably retire .saying he was going to be a derby winner or even a graded stakes winner was premature.
Jim B More than 1 year ago
You also do not know what kind of juice he had pumped into the poor animals veins when it ran. Remember this guy had over 60 positive test less than 3 years ago. Problem is he trains for the top owners so he will never get thrown out of the sport. He is a great pharmacist not a trainer.
mike More than 1 year ago
Bravo
Adam Prince More than 1 year ago
he debuted at 7F at Gulfstream
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
That he did. Nice catch!
Mike Gentile More than 1 year ago
Too fast too soon that's Pletchers model and that's why he cant win the Derby. This horse should have ran 3 times as a 2 year old and then they rush him as a 3 year old to get ready for the 1ST Saturday in May and guess what another Pletcher horse hurt. Too bad if Jerry Hollendorfer would have trained this horse we might have seen a great one.
Dom DiNatale More than 1 year ago
HOw many starts should a horse have as a 2yo? Here are 11 examples: Affirmed 9 Assault 9 Citation 9 Count Fleet 15 yes 15 Gallant Fox 7 Omaha 9 Seattle Slew 3 Secreteriat 9 Sir Barton 6 War Admiral 6 Whirlaway 8 Thats a total of 90 starts as 2 year olds for these 11 horses. THATS AN AVERAGE OF 8.18 STARTS AS A TWO YEAR OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Oleary More than 1 year ago
Just as I wrote 4 days ago, the vagaries of the sport conspire to keep good horses from showing their potential, thus denying the fans a chance to see greatness. Yep, Khozan, just like that, after an uneventful gallop, not even a breeze, is out of the Derby. All that breeding , all that money spent, all those hopes and dreams, dashed! We horsemen see it every single day, from the very beggining when a high priced mare, bred to a fashionable stallion, aborts the foal for a variety of reasons. If a foal does make it past that step, I've seen accidents in a paddock, agroup running, one spooks, takes a left turn and plows into the fence. End of career, or even it's life. Down the road, before a young horse makes it to the racetrack, there are thousands of ways it can get into perill, sickness, injuries, etc., and therefore that career never gets off the ground. If one makes it to the track, more freak occurances creep in to derail careers. I forget what the statistics are, but of all the foals born, only a small percentage even make it to the races, a smaller percentage becomes a winner, a stakes winner, etc. and a tiny, tiny percentage make it into the 20 available stalls in the starting gate on Kentucky Derby Day. So there you have it!
Dom DiNatale More than 1 year ago
You forgot to mention being sent to Pletcher's barn as one of the obstacles to overcome
russell More than 1 year ago
Well said Mark. Survival of the fittest.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Get ready fans.This is the only the beginning.Eskenderya ,The Pamplemousse Etc. Etc.When you start tightening the screws on these precoscious youngsters for your deep pocket clients with Derby fever its survival of the fittest.Many if not most fall to the wayside.The rich peoples Klondike Goldrush.
Ann More than 1 year ago
The Grapefruit (Pampelmousse in French) was one of those horses who hit the ground with his forelegs hard, with all the weight of his heavy frame behind it. Yes, he had talent but he was an injury waiting to happen. Reason that one needs to see the horses run, or at least work, to evaluate its action before putting your money down.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Must you put your two cents into every idiotic conversation??