03/02/2014 9:14AM

Rydilluc sustains career-threatening soft-tissue injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rydilluc sustained a soft-tissue injury while finishing fifth in the Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rydilluc, a multiple stakes-winning turf horse, sustained a soft-tissue injury when finishing fifth in the Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22 and will miss at least the remainder of the year, according to trainer Gary Contessa.

Contessa said it hasn’t been determined whether Rydilluc will attempt to come back next year or be sold as a stallion prospect. He did say the earliest Rydilluc could return to training would be at the beginning of 2015.

As a 3-year-old last year, Rydilluc won the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream and the inaugural running of the Penn Mile at Penn National. He went off form in the summer, finishing eighth in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby and 11th in the Grade 1 Secretariat. The Canadian Turf, in which Rydilluc was favored, was his first race since August.

“I was so disappointed when he lost that race. It turns out he was injured in the race,” Contessa said. “I always loved that horse. Hopefully, he does come back, and if not, hopefully I get to breed a mare to him.”

Rydilluc, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, is owned by Team Stallion Racing, Leonard Green, Harold Lerner, and Sean Shay.

A $150,000 purchase as a 2-year-old at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Timonium, Md., in 2012, Rydilluc has won 4 of 9 starts and earned $486,490.

Dennis Mathews More than 1 year ago
Soft tissue injury; Is that a euphemism for "bowed tendon" Gary?
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
So put an end to his career and let him live.
RICKY More than 1 year ago
If this horse comes back next year, i hear those butcher knives sharpening.ccchhiinnnggg cchhhiinngg. Just put a fork in him(not literally).Great horse try the breeding game.
Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
C'mon Malcom in the Middle...stop generalizing! Contessa is a hack; my friend sent him a stakes quality filly and he sent her home in a body bag after 1 month of training. Training incidents happen as part of the game, but certain trainers simply have programs that butcher horses. Lukas is a prime example. Take the best stock, train them hard, and if they get through it they're likely to be a top quality animal...if not, on to the next prospect! If you think Contessa, Lukas, and others go into stalls and feed their " loving animals" carrots and pepper mints as they stroke their manes and rub their flanks, you're naive. It's a business.
Malcolm Calhoun More than 1 year ago
You jerks think everytime a horse goes down to injury its the trainers fault maybe just maybe the small legs these animals have can give without warning get a life
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
I've noticed that too, that anytime I horse is injured people on here want to jump on the trainer... specifically one southern California trainer. It's just an ugly part of the game, 1000 pound animals on sticks for legs running 40 MPH with a guy on their back in packs of at least half a dozen - things happen and sometimes no one at fault. Just bad racing luck. Best of luck to Rydilluc on his recovery.
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
Rydilluc was one of my faves hope he gets better and we se him back in action, or at least see some of his babies
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Stallion Prospect? Lord have Mercy on the racing industry.
FrostyFeast More than 1 year ago
And why is that? You think he's gonna pass on the propensity to experience bad luck or perhaps improper training (if in fact that had anything to do with his soft tissue injury)? I didn't know that was genetically transferrable. What about this horse automatically equals fragility? Point to me the conformation problem you are ever so wise to notice. You know how little Storm Cat raced? If we listened to you, he would've had no impact on the racing industry. AP Indy got hurt before the Derby. I guess we should chuck him from the gene pool. No more Holy Bull for you either. One of the reasons they stopped with Man O'War was fear that he might have tendon problems the next year under the 140+ lbs weight assignments that were being suggested when Riddle asked about them. It had nothing to do with genetic problems. He's achieved more than enough to be a stallion prospect for someone. He on nearly half a million, he's got a nice look, he won a graded race, he's a son of Medaglia D'Oro and he has a nice family--you might recognize horses like El Corredor, Roman Ruler, and Maimonides on his female side. He's got stallion's pedigree for sure. I bet his yearlings would look great. Love the know-it-alls that crawl out from under a rock and have an opinion on DRF and Bloodhorse.
Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
Pinocchio kills yet another top quality runner! Maybe he should sell him to his hero David Jacobson, who undoubtedly could win the Manhattan and BCup with him.
jttf More than 1 year ago
two serious workouts at 7f in 1:22 and 1:25. spells r. i. s. k
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
do you have a clue about horses. 122 and 125, they run faster in the afternoon. You genius maybe it is the fact that horses are not made to sustain 2000 pounds of pressure on their legs , and that is what they get when they are running at 35-40 miles per hour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this horse had two 7f works before the bluegrass in 1:28 and 1:30. big difference. when you have serious multiple works of 6f or more, it more than doubles the win percentage. but it also more than doubles the horse's risk for injury. this practice is popular in so cal.