04/12/2011 5:16PM

Pluck turned out due to bruising

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Tom Keyser
Pluck, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last fall, is being turned out for 60 days.

Pluck, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last fall, is being turned out for 60 days after being diagnosed with bruising of both of his hind cannon bones.

Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor International, which owns Pluck, said in a Tuesday press release that the colt underwent a thorough lameness examination earlier in the day at the Rood and Riddle equine clinic in Lexington, Ky.

Pluck, trained by Graham Motion, has been dull in his two races this year, finishing fourth in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance in March and seventh in the Transylvania Stakes last Friday at Keeneland.

“We knew something had to be bugging him, because he shut down too quickly when he ran so poorly last week,” Irwin said. “Now, we know why the colt did not want to extend himself.”

The long-term prognosis is favorable for a return to racing and to top form, Irwin said.