05/19/2010 11:00PM

Leparoux out at least one week


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Eclipse Award-winning jockey Julien Leparoux will be out of action until at least May 29 with a compression fracture in his back. Leparoux suffered the injury last Friday, when he was thrown during the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. He was taken off all of his upcoming scheduled mounts at Churchill Downs.

Leparoux rode Saturday at Pimlico and Sunday at Churchill despite being in considerable pain from the injury. He was ordered by his physician early this week not to ride "for another week and a half, maybe two weeks," according to his agent, Steve Bass. "They'll be taking another look at it and decide when he can come back."

Leparoux, the 2009 Eclipse winner, was injured in a backstretch spill aboard Diva Delite in the Black-Eyed Susan.

Meanwhile, jockey Calvin Borel took off his Thursday mounts at Churchill with an eye infection. Borel, the three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider who leads the spring meet standings at Churchill, rode last Friday and Saturday at Pimlico, then Sunday at Churchill. He is scheduled to be back in action Saturday to ride Brass Hat in the Louisville Handicap.

Meet slows down for McCarthy

With Super Saver and many of the stable's other top horses having left Churchill following an eventful April and early May, all is quiet in Barn 34, where Michael McCarthy oversees a sizable string trained by Todd Pletcher.

"We've got Ailalea for the Dogwood, Exhi for a race up in Canada, and Floating Heart for the Matron at Arlington," McCarthy said. "Otherwise, it's everyday business."

McCarthy said Battle Plan, currently training in New York, is being pointed to the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 12 at Churchill and that other Pletcher runners are likely to ship in for some of the other five graded stakes that day.

Pure Clan targets July 1 return

Trainer Bob Holthus said he hoped to have Pure Clan, diagnosed with a bruised foot, back at his Churchill barn by the first of July.

Pure Clan, a 5-year-old mare, is at Lakland Farm, the Versailles, Ky., farm of her breeder-owner, Lewis Lakin. She recently underwent an examination at the Rood and Riddle equine clinic after frequently refusing to train in the mornings. Holthus said Pure Clan will be rested and will undergo aquatic therapy while she is away from the track.

Pure Clan has earned nearly $2 million from 16 starts. She won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl last fall before finishing second to Midday in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in her most recent start.

* Trainer John T. Ward Jr. has moved about a dozen of his best horses to Churchill from his longtime Keeneland base. Ward, who won the 2001 Derby with Monarchos for owner John Oxley, said Oxley "has had his greatest success on dirt" and wanted to have their horses train on dirt. Ward also trains for lengthy periods of every year on dirt surfaces at Gulfstream Park and Saratoga.

* General Quarters had his first workout since capturing the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, going a half-mile Thursday in 48.60 seconds on a fast main track. Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy is targeting the July 17 Arlington Handicap as an interim prep leading to the Aug. 21 Arlington Million.