02/10/2015 4:45PM

Texas Red sidelined with abscess

Shigeki Kikkawa
Texas Red will miss the Risen Star due to an abscess on his right front foot.

Texas Red, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November and a leading contender for the 2015 Triple Crown, was diagnosed with an abscess in his right front foot in the last week and will not train at Santa Anita for the remainder of February, trainer Keith Desormeaux said on Tuesday.

Desormeaux said that Texas Red left Santa Anita on Tuesday morning after training and was sent to a California farm where he will be treated for the abscess while swimming to maintain fitness.

Texas Red finished second to Lord Nelson in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 1, his first start since the BC Juvenile. The setback eliminates plans to start Texas Red in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 21, and has left Desormeaux tentatively planning a start for the colt in one of two $1 million races at 1 1/8 miles in early April – the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 or the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 11.

“He’s got an abscess in his foot,” Desormeaux said. “He trained for the first few days after the race and we detected some heat in the foot. I’ll have to back off for awhile. We think to maintain fitness we’re going to send him where he can aqua-tred.

“We’ll leave him there for two weeks and let it drain. This is not a long-term problem.”

Desormeaux said his “heart sank” after he noticed that Texas Red was not traveling well while training in the days after the San Vicente Stakes. He emphasized a stakes appearance in April could put Texas Red back on schedule for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2.

“He did have a solid foundation of races as a 2-year-old,” he said. “Missing two or three weeks will not affect his fitness level in anticipation of the Derby. I would start to worry if I couldn’t get a race into him.

“I’ll put a positive spin on it. Right now, it’s not a major concern.”

Texas Red has won 2 of 6 starts and earned $1,232,300 for a partnership that includes Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Lee Michaels, and Desormeaux.


Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Texas Red is a very nice colt. I truly hope Desormeaux doesn't try to rush him through this and run in early April in a race where he won't be fit enough to compete well, which could likely get the colt more hurt, just to make it in the gate the first Saturday of May. Yes, we all know the Kentucky Derby is a great race to run in, but, if Desormeaux thinks long term there is plenty of great Stakes races down the line. Proof is Bayern. Bayern missed the Derby and still was the leading money earner of 3 year olds last year. AND YES....I wasn't making an endorsement for Bayern.....I'm just saying that rushing Texas Red to a prep race, just to run next in the Kentucky Derby may not be advisable. AP Indy missed the Derby and the Preakness and he ran pretty well in the Belmont to say the least.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Thats why you cant bet future book Derby pools unless you are owners/staff of horse you are betting - they cheat and hold back news. Derby future are more of an insiders betting pool for their horse. Any race fan that bets them is a pure sucker!
mikey More than 1 year ago
Well they found it a week ago and never told us.Wonder if anybody who knew this bet pool 2 for the derby.Any major sport reports an injury pretty quick.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
It would be very interesting indeed to learn just when the abcess was disovered. Owners trainer are under no obligation to the betting public, of course, as far as the Derby future betting is concerned; but this particular case so close to a round of that betting exposes a large flaw in the enterprise. Sucker bet. on race day you're entitled to the refund.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Bayern just developed an abscess four weeks ago. Blame had to skip the derby trail with an abscess. Last year bondholder developed an abscess that turned into laminitis.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
And my buddy's wallet just suffered an abcess with this news, Joel. Dust to dust, abcess to abcess.
silver_charm More than 1 year ago
as a #TexasRed fan, i am concerned, but I believe he's in good hands. Remember this adage: "Do right by your horse, your horse will do right by you". #horseracing #sports
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
I believe Sunday Silence popped a puss pocket/abcess/gravel in between the KY Derby and winning the Preakness but he was not the average bear and had Mr. Whittingham in charge of his preparations and Dr. Harthill handling the vet duties. Neither of those 2 fellows were average bears either.
Tom Gaeta More than 1 year ago
Loving it right now. Left Texas Red off my All Others on top exacta combos. All I have left is Capre Diem, Far Right, Mr. Z, the Great War, Ocean Knight, Upstart, Firing line, Comp Edge, JS Bach, Prospect park, Itsaknockout and Khozan. Waiting to hear the truth why Dortmund is taking an extra month...growth spurt my a.....
Guy John More than 1 year ago
There's no reason to run Dortmund until the Santa Anita Derby. Give him extra rest now, run a tune up finishing 1-3 in SA, then roll in the Derby on a track he apparently loves.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
You can tell your a horse player rather than a horseman with your first sentence. No horseman would ever want any horse ( theres or there competition ) ailing from anything to keep them out. Hope you run off the board with your pics and it seems you got a few.
Tom Gaeta More than 1 year ago
You are right in a sense Billy, but the truth is he only has an infection he didn't die. And with his awesome dosage index he would probably out finish my long-shot inclusions. I didn't really pick anything, I just included and excluded and gambling is fun too. I grew up working with horses at Freehold Raceway and some of my best friends were horses then.
paul27787898 More than 1 year ago
Wow, I didn't realize he was the single interest favorite @ 9/1 in the last future pool. What a racket CDI has here!
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago