01/29/2015 3:27PM

Leave the Light On injured, off Derby trail

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Barbara D. Livingston
Leave the Light injured a hind ankle in a workout and is off the Triple Crown trail.

Leave the Light On, the winner of the Remsen Stakes in his last start, injured a hind ankle in a workout last weekend, needs surgery, and is off the Triple Crown trail, trainer Chad Brown said Thursday.

“He needs a couple of months off,” Brown said from Florida, where Leave the Light On has been training at the Palm Meadows training center. “It’s obviously very disappointing, but the long-term prognosis is good. We’re doing the right thing and stopping now.”

Brown said Leave the Light On will have surgery on his right hind ankle Monday at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where Dr. Larry Bramlage will perform the surgery. Brown said that Bramlage gave him an encouraging prognosis regarding Leave the Light On, and he believed the colt could return to racing by the fall.

“But we won’t rush him. We’ll let the horse tell us. We’re looking at the long run with the horse,” Brown said. “We’d love to have him back for the big races in the fall.”

Leave the Light On, a 3-year-old colt by Horse Greeley, has won twice in three starts. He was seventh in his debut at Belmont, beat maidens in his next start, then won the Remsen. He was scheduled to make his first start of the year next month in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

He had worked three times this winter at Palm Meadows since arriving from New York, most recently a five-furlong drill in 1:00.80 last Sunday.

Leave the Light On was purchased for $210,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. last April by co-owners William Lawrence and the Klaravich Stables of Seth Klarman.

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Scott More than 1 year ago
Always the worst part of the Derby build up is watching potential contenders being pulled off the trail for various reasons. At least the prognosis is good for Leave the Light On. Hopefully, we will see most of the main contenders make it to the Gate this year!
1619MIGUELSD More than 1 year ago
Those are some of the top trainers in there field. There education has nothing to do with there horse getting injured. So what Tommy is saying is that Derek Rose and Kobe who have the best Sports Dr's and rehabilitation specialist in there field. That its the Dr's and rehabilitation specialist fault for there lack of education. Sounds like somebody is throwing stones at there glass house.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Yea you are right, those doctors lack education because they are not good and are lazy! Like my professor always said " Dont be lazy and stay current with your research!!" My thesis was on bone health in relation to exercise and they horses have micro fracture in their bone because they are putting so much stress and have to gradual build up!! Also steroids are not good because it can make recovery time slower! That's why I never used steroids because they don't work and in long term, make you weaker!!
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Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I don't know the extent of Chad Browns' formal education.What I do know like most fans is the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame is full of trainers that never made it through high school.As President Calvin Coolidge once said"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence and determination.Education will not,the world is full of educated derelicts"
tommy More than 1 year ago
Education and top research is key to our future in any field!! Without that, we will go nowhere! I've had the best professors in cardiac rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for sports and running. I specialize in stress testing, rehabilitation, performance enhancement, program design, and strength training which I am the best in that aspect as I advise top athletes and doctors. But my professor is the best running coach in the world, is in the hall of fame, has won the Olympics as a runner, and coached 25 world champion runners to win gold medals!!! Now he has a horse that runs a mile in one minute flat on dirt!! If the top human athlete can run a mile in 3 minutes flat, why can't a horse run it more than half that time!!! Horses get injured because they trainers don't know what stress they put on the horses heart and bones but only a skilled professional like myself can monitor these adaptations from training!!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Try clicking your shoes together and keep repeating "There's no place like home" and you might snap out of your dream world.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Perhaps you could show us some of your great erudition and capitalize proper nouns. Until you learn to do that, you should have nothing to say about others' formal education, particularly when that is totally irrelevant to a horse being injured.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I guess you never saw a horse run a mile in one minute flat!!!
scott More than 1 year ago
C Brown went to Cornell and then went to work for Frankel....... maybe do ten seconds of research before u call out someones formal training. CB is top class, highly educated, and been around horses his whole life.
tommy More than 1 year ago
You are probably referring to chad brown the poker player. Keep dreaming!!
russell More than 1 year ago
Brown is becoming like Pletcher. All his top 2 yolds keep getting hurt.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
uh, ya not even close.