Updated on 08/09/2013 4:29PM

Normandy Invasion won’t race again in 2013, eyes 2014 campaign

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Barbara D. Livingston
Normandy Invasion has been turned out at WinStar Farm and will point to a 2014 campaign.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The 3-year-old division lost an intriguing member Friday when the connections of Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby who has been battling a foot injury this summer, said he would not race again this year.

Owner Rick Porter said there were “no meaningful races” for Normandy Invasion to run in this year, and he will focus on a 2014 campaign.

Porter said Normandy Invasion was sent to Kentucky earlier this week, first to get checked out at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and then to get turned out at WinStar Farm.

Porter said an examination by Dr. Larry Bramlage revealed no physical issues other than the foot abscess that forced Normandy Invasion to miss several weeks of training.

“We sent him to Kentucky to turn him out, let that foot grow out while he’s not in training,” Porter said. “We probably won’t have any hiccups that way.”

Porter said he and trainer Chad Brown would come up with a plan for 2014 and work backward from a year-end obective to determine when to put Normandy Invasion back in training.

Normandy Invasion, a nine-length maiden winner in his second career start at Aqueduct, finished second in the Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at 3. He made the lead turning for home in the Kentucky Derby but finished fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind the victorious Orb.

Karen More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see that foot. It must have been quite the abscess.
Ricky Williams More than 1 year ago
Please bring him to Oaklawn next season!!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Excellent move, at last. Let Mother Nature take care of him.
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
Personally, I think he never recovered fully from the exertion of his stretch run in the Remsen. It looked as if he might have been able to put that behind him based on his late run in the Wood Memorial. But I think his effort in the Wood Memorial aggravated whatever was bothering him in the Remsen. Frankly, I thought he would win the Derby...and when he put himself in the lead in the later stages of the race, I thought for sure he would take it home. But then he let up as if he had nothing in the tank, coasting the rest of the way. I think there is more wrong with him than a foot abscess, regardless of what the vet says.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
very very astute.....
iknownothing114 More than 1 year ago
As I said before they rush this horse to make the derby now he's done, don't make my name fool u guys ::::::
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
No doubt Mike Watchmaker will move Normandy up in his 3yo rankings on this news.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That's funny... really.