07/09/2014 9:13AM

Normandy Invasion close to training return after lung infection

Tom Keyser
Normandy Invasion came out of the Met Mile, in which he finished 10th, with a lung infection but is nearing his return to training, according to his connections.

Normandy Invasion is nearing a return to training after coming out of the Met Mile with a lung infection, according to trainer Larry Jones.

Normandy Invasion finished 10th in the Metropolitan Handicap on June 7. He subsequently was found to have a lung infection. Owner Rick Porter transferred the 4-year-old from trainer Chad Brown to Jones soon after the race. Normandy Invasion now is based at Delaware Park.

“We're waiting for the vet's last checkup,” Jones said. “Once we get the OK, he’ll go back into training.”

Although not yet a stakes winner, Normandy Invasion has shown promise throughout his career. As a 2-year-old, he was beaten a nose by Overanalyze in the Remsen at Aqueduct. Last season, he finished second by three-quarters of a length to the then-undefeated Verrazano in the Wood Memorial. He went on to run fourth in the Kentucky Derby.

Normandy Invasion made two starts this year prior to the Met Mile. He began his season by setting a track record for a mile of 1:33.13 at Gulfstream Park in a first-level optional claimer. He then was second to Palace Malice in the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Since he has been out of training the past month, Normandy Invasion will need time before he is ready to race again.

“We've missed the major part of his summer campaign,” Jones said. “We'll get him going and try to have him ready for the fall.”

Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see Larry do wel with this horse. If fit, he shows he belongs. Maybe he is a late bloomer.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
I don't get all of the press for this allowance horse.
Art Brown More than 1 year ago
Over rated horse with an owner who is looking for every possible excuse when he doesn't win.
prose More than 1 year ago
I loved this horse to win the 2013 Derby and bet him heavily. He took the lead at the top of the stretch but didn't have enough to hold off the 3 deep closers who passed him: Orb, Golden Soul and Revolutionary. Still, none of the 3 horses who did pass him have distinguished themselves in any way. NI has set a track record for a mile at a major track. A very hard thing to do, by the way.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
I'm not giving up on you yet NI.
Ian Douglas More than 1 year ago
This horse is very fragile. Not that anything is wrong with Chad Brown but I'm interested to see how he does with a new trainer
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
Would have won the Derby except he didn't have a chance. Even little Mikey Watchmaker has given up NI. One decent drill and Mikey has him back in his top 10 all timers with Verrazano!
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
I think he wins the derby if it wasn't for the jockey moving entirely too early. He was to close to pace and moved prematurely.
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
Ed, that was one of the stupidest arguments ever made at the time and even a worse one now.
wolfgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Fresh connections may make a fresh start for this guy..good luck!
B More than 1 year ago
The most overrated horse in training.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Most over rated former trainer in racing. Just because he worked for Shug and Frankel doesnt mean he is in their league.
colin More than 1 year ago
What may I ask did rider dispose of"? ....................watch Lochte rider in his Grade 1 win in Florida after crossing finish line...........................you decide.
Big Rob stud More than 1 year ago
It's been going on with him for a while