07/12/2013 4:00PM

Normandy Invasion will miss Saratoga meet while damaged hoof heals

Barbara D. Livingston
Normandy Invasion had part of a hoof cut off as the result of an abscess and will miss several weeks of training, but may be ready for the Pennsylvania Derby in September.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Owner Rick Porter thought he had come up with a good plan for Normandy Invasion.

After Normandy Invasion finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby, Porter and trainer Chad Brown elected to skip the remainder of the Triple Crown series in order to have a fresh horse for the summer, with the goal being the $1 million Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

But there’s an old axiom in racing that goes “If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.”

An abscess in his right front foot will prevent Normandy Invasion from running at Saratoga this summer. However, if all goes well, Normandy Invasion could train up to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on Sept. 21, Porter said Friday.

On Friday morning, noted equine hoof specialist Ian McKinlay examined Normandy Invasion at Saratoga. According to Porter, McKinlay’s prognosis was pretty positive, though Normandy Invasion would have to be taken out of training for two to three weeks.

“After Chad and Ian looked things over this morning they would be shocked that he wouldn’t be ready,” Porter said. “[Brown] thinks he could have him back in training in a couple of weeks. They think the Pennsylvania Derby will be a very reasonable target to shoot for at this point.”

McKinlay had to cut off a piece of Normandy Invasion’s right front hoof, which will have to grow back naturally. McKinlay will likely build a supportive wall around the area he removed to facilitate growth.

“The bottom line is it was a very positive report this morning,” Porter said. “We didn’t expect to hear as good news as we did, although it’s very disappointing because I set up a plan to have a very fresh horse going into the summer and not get hung up in the Triple Crown deal. No matter how you plan it, you’re at the mercy of whatever might happen.”

Normandy Invasion is 1 for 6 in his career with narrow losses in the Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and a late-running second to Verrazano in the Wood Memorial, a result that earned him a spot in the Kentucky Derby, where he finished fourth after making the lead at the quarter pole.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Normandy Invasion has not really done anything to get my attention so far, win some races against top competion instead of coming close but not posing for any picture then I'll think of him as a serious race horse, till then who cares..
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Normandy Invasion and Oxbow ran the best races in the Kentucky Derby. The others just took advantage of the ridiculus pace. Orb ran very well too although the pace made him look better than he really was. Revolutionary, Golden Soul and Mylute simply picked up the pieces. Palace Malice ran well to finish in the middle of the pack after those fractions. Beware the horses who "pass tiring rivals". There not as good as they look. Think Giacomo and Closing Argument beating Afleet Alex in the Derby. Mine That Bird too
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
I never thought much of this one, for me he was a throw-out in the derby. He is way to inexperienced for grade 1 races.
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
That s what happens when u rush a young horse to make the triple crown. ....................
DavidM More than 1 year ago
You are aptly named here.
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
Need to put some weight on was thin side going in the triple crown , plus he' s tapit foal need more
m More than 1 year ago
U know nada
D Lange More than 1 year ago
It's what happened to him. P. mal was rushed. He's better than people think.
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Not worried one bit about west coast invaders. Two good horses in form who would have also broken maidens at Betfair. I Hope they ship there great Game ON Dude so Flat Out or another East Coast older can end west coast delusion
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Use cow poop. It draws heat and infection as good as anything. Fresh cow poop.
m More than 1 year ago
Is that right Chad......
patrick toal More than 1 year ago
Old time trainer cure called a "poultice" Chad is right once more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Notice to all you east coasters... There have been 2 horses who couldn't break their maidens in SoCal who came to Belmont and destroyed their competition. Mentor Cane & Moreno. Moreno then went on to win a G2 after that at Bel. You better hope no West Coast horses come to Saratoga West is the Best!
Steve Wilson More than 1 year ago
That's why All-Star studs like Rosario come East, and places like Hollywood Park are closing, right?
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
mentor cane ran 1 race in socal..lost to flashback who got crushed by Golden in sa derby who couldn't run within 10 lengths of anything on east.now whats your point
Mark More than 1 year ago
Hightail Zagora Royal Delta Fort Larned Wise Dan Trinniberg Little Mime Shanghai A won breeders cup races in your backyard while Orb Palace Malice Oxbow swept this year triple crown races. Lol. Comedy hour on drf. Your grade 1 's are a joke .your top trainer is killing horses left and right and Hollywood just closed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny how you take horses from all regions and call them East. Wise Dan and Fort larned are KY based, Trinniberg is FL based, and Oxbow was Oaklawn/FG based. I guess if you take horses from the entire country and pit them against SoCal only, you should win it.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
dear anonymous, you are showing your age, we all remember when so cal shippers were the boss back east. but things change, now other than jerry holinforfer your trainers are a bunch of 80 year olds, burnt out 50 year olds (bob b.) and over rated good ole boys (doug O'N). Your jock colony is aging and does not have a star besides, J Laparoux. Hopfully when they run a long meet at SA things will change for you, until then, our on par with Oaklawn.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Awww what will Watchmaker and et al have to root for now at Saratoga?
hialeah More than 1 year ago
“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” ― Woody Allen I find it somewhat humorous that we are talking about a horse that is eligible for an N1X as if he were the second coming of Pegasus. Good luck.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
'Who' is 'we'? This guy never said anything close to that...
Perl More than 1 year ago
Exactly. Good Woody Allen quote though!
Perl More than 1 year ago
What did you score on the reading comprehension part of your SATs? Look it's not a banner year for the three year old dirt routers. Yet every time this promising horse is mentioned, the masses start spouting off about him being eligible for n1x. It's just an article, nothing more. NI might end up being nothing more than Nehro (RIP) but he would have been a prime Travers contender. Oh well. Get better NI!
kc m More than 1 year ago
he's a promising horse who has repeatedly failed to fufill that promise...get back to me when he wins something
D Lange More than 1 year ago
Nehro was 1 1/4 all day. He still would've gone by this one at the 1/8 at 1 1/8. We didn't see the best of that one.
m More than 1 year ago
Anyone of you clowns below would love to own a piece of Mr porters future stallion...u wait. He's only three and lightly raced...love that
Chuck Seeger More than 1 year ago
All hat - no cattle. But DRF might be on to something - 200 words on the plans of each NW1 racers.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
I agree with you, maybe he will mature as a 4 year old. However, he has only shown one winning effort in grade 1 race. I also feel Javier moved him too early in derby.