Updated on 03/07/2012 11:09AM

Santa Anita: Out of Bounds injured, off Triple Crown trail

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Out of Bounds has been sidelined by a fracture to his left front ankle.

Sham Stakes winner Out of Bounds came out of a workout at Hollywood Park on Monday morning with a condylar fracture to his left front ankle, an injury that will require surgery and removes him from the Triple Crown, trainer Eoin Harty said Monday.

The injury was discovered not long after Out of Bounds worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds - the best time of 21 at the distance on Monday - in preparation for a scheduled start on Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

"He worked fantastic, but we noticed something wrong as he was cooling out," Harty said. "Unbelievable. His work was sensational. Beyond belief. This is just horrible timing.

"It's a condylar fracture, but, fortunately, it's not displaced."

Harty said Out of Bounds would require surgery, but the injury should not be career-ending.

"His prognosis is excellent," Harty said. "It's just a matter of putting one or two screws across there."

The injury was a crushing blow to Harty, who has had high hopes for Out of Bounds.
"A horse like this, he's one in 10,000," Harty said. "Just to get your hands on a horse like this, and now this."

Out of Bounds is the second prominent Kentucky Derby contender to be injured in the past fortnight. Algorithms, the unbeaten winner of the Holy Bull Stakes, was sidelined because of a fractured splint that required surgery.

"Todd last week," Harty said, referring to Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Algorithms, "me this week."

Out of Bounds had made just three starts. After finishing fourth in his debut going six furlongs on Oct. 22 at Santa Anita, he defeated maidens going seven furlongs at Hollywood on Dec. 10, then stretched out around two turns in the Sham on Jan. 7, upsetting Secret Circle, who came back to take a division of the Southwest Stakes.

The San Felipe was scheduled to be his final prep for next month's Santa Anita Derby. Garrett Gomez, who rode Out of Bounds in the Sham, was scheduled to return on Saturday in order to ride Out of Bounds. Gomez has not ridden since fracturing his left heel in an accident at Santa Anita on Jan. 8, the day after the Sham.

Out of Bounds, a son of Discreet Cat, was bred and is owned by the Darley Stable of Sheikh Mohammed.

"It's very disappointing to all of us. We're disappointed, as is Sheikh Mohammed. This is the real deal," Harty said.

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mrnickyb More than 1 year ago
more reasons never to make a future wager on a horse.
Geno More than 1 year ago
Out of Bounds has a 3/4 brother named ETCHED who suffered the exact same injury at just about the exact same stage of his career. I'm afraid he was predisposed to come apart like that because of his size and the amount of pounding required to make the Derby trail. Derby fever claims another one. I'm thinking Charlie Whittingham would have been more reserved with a horse this size and not brought him back after his maiden score until he was sure he had the physical maturity to handle the kind of pounding required to win at the Grade One level. This is the sort of horse just screaming to wait for the Travers and then a successful four year old campaign for Horse of the Year.
David Craighead More than 1 year ago
yeah, this is a hurting thing to me cause he was a horse i took the time to study and found him to be a very talented and creditable runner who I thought would come around to be a champion in the graded stakes level...although, his running style is a closer but he can fly coming down the lane late and now this unfortunate situation is a deep blow for all who watched and love..I wish the best and returns to the track later in the year or next year..Mr. Harty take your time with him..he's special!!
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Privman, Now that Out of Bounds is out of the San Felipe and off the Kentucky Derby trail, do you think there'll be a chance for Garrett to pick up a mount for the San Felipe? I ask because Garrett worked so hard to come back for Out of Bounds and now with him out I'm hoping he'll be able to pick up somebody else in the San Felipe and maybe even for the Kentucky Derby.
LosPonies More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable. So frustrating. Hope he recovers well and we see him later in the year.
Troy Taylor More than 1 year ago
It really doesn't matter. Fed Biz was going to take "Out of Bounds" out behind the woodshed and bash his brains in.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
i am sure that the above post was NOT from Troy Taylor the horse trainer,He,s got too much class to make a comment like that!
CHARLIE More than 1 year ago
Right. It must be troy taylor the moron.
David More than 1 year ago
Is your last name "Brown" or "Manson"?