07/17/2012 4:42PM

Went the Day Well out for the year with ankle problem

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Barbara D. Livingston
Vinery Spiral winner Went the Day Well will be out of action until the Gulfstream Park meet next winter.

Team Valor International officials announced Tuesday that Went the Day Well, most recently 10th in the May 19 Preakness, is through racing for the year after being diagnosed with bone bruising in both front ankles.

Barry Irwin, chief executive officer for Team Valor, said in a media release that Went the Day Well had shown signs of something being amiss after the colt returned to serious training for Graham Motion at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland in the weeks following the Preakness. Went the Day Well had two Fair Hill works since the Preakness, on June 23 and June 30.

"He probably was suffering from this issue when he ran so poorly in the Preakness Stakes, but it did not manifest itself for a diagnosis until he went back into hard work,” said Irwin.

Irwin said Went the Day Well would be turned out at Denali Stud in Kentucky for 60 days before being reevaluated. He said he hopes to have the colt back to the races at Gulfstream Park in January.

Prior to his poor Preakness showing, Went the Day Well, a New York-bred by Proud Citizen, ran a fast-closing fourth at 30-1 in the Kentucky Derby. In his final Derby prep, the colt won the Vinery Racing Spiral at Turfway Park, the same race that Animal Kingdom won in 2011 prior to capturing the Derby for Team Valor and Motion.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
This year has been riddled with injuries this year for horses, it's not just the 3 year olds that are getting injured. We tend to read about an injury happening to higher graded level horses at least two times per week now, on average, of all ages. I'm sorry to hear Went The Day Well is injured and will be out for the year. This injury to his ankles probably explains the difference between WTDW's race in the Kentucky Derby vs. his race in the Preakness, where he just did not show his best effort at all. His effort in the Kentucky Derby was definitely noteworthy, he overcame a lot to come in fourth. I hope he has a good rest and that he is able to return to racing next year. Such a shame, he's a talented horse.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Another hurt horse who was good for 5 week's, or so.Today's so called stake horse's are nothing but allowance type that get good and pushed into stake company.Then a few rce's and goodby.Dont send a boy to do a man's job
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Has Graham Motion ever had a decent horse that put 3 races together without a breakdown or a lay-off line ? Has Irwin and Team Valor ever had a horse that made more than a few starts after being in their hands ? I'd say, not many if any, to both questions although I didn't look anything up so I'm open . Maybe somebody else around here can shed some light, as in examples .
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So NOW this Colt gets the year he needs to mature... The year that should have been built into his schedule from day one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The things is with these situations is that there is always this initial optimism about coming back, but then comes along some "minor" issue which when put up against the breeding season leads to retirement.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
WOW thought this year was gonna be special in terms of the 3 yo crop. They usually start dissappearing before the Derby. This time alot of good ones got there, but the rigors, of the Triple Crown. and running into a Buzzsaw like Bode setting insane fractions will do that to young colts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They didn't have to necessarily fight Bode fractions to get hurt, Union Rags legs apparently couldn't handle the 49.23, 114.72, 138.85, 204.39, 230.42 fractions of the Belmont, the whips came out early on that day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, all you people with your constant whining and bantering.....just shut up! If you don't like horse racing, then stay off the DRF site and just go read something else. Most of you don't have any conception of reality, so go find some fantasy site to populate and whine on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of us are trying to come up with ideas to help save the sport rather than just watch it completely fall apart. I'm probably more of a fan than you are anyway. Have it your way and you'll be betting the 2016 Breeder's Cup in an empty OTB and the best 3 year old in the Classic field will be a maiden/Travers winner in his third start.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Well, Whomeveryouarenymous, if you want to blast people with some sort of credibility then sign your name. Otherwise, crawl back into the muckpit.
Laramie Bowcock More than 1 year ago
This is not surprising anymore. I am no longer asking if, but when. Who is next? Creative Cause? Hansen? Dullahan?
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
All of em.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Wow! Looks like the TC contenders are cursed!
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Another One Bites The Dust!!!! Next!!!!