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Normandy Invasion will miss Saratoga meet while damaged hoof heals
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.
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..
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
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.
That s what happens when u rush a young horse to make the triple crown. ....................
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
Use cow poop. It draws heat and infection as good as anything. Fresh cow poop.
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!
Awww what will Watchmaker and et al have to root for now at Saratoga?
“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.
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