08/02/2010 11:50AM

Winslow Homer out with condylar fracture

Barbara D. Livingston
Winslow Homer wins Sunday's Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Winslow Homer, who won Sunday's $75,000 Curlin Stakes by nine lengths at Saratoga, came out of the race with a condylar fracture to his left foreleg and will have to miss the Travers and likely the remainder of the year.

The injury is not related to the fractured shin that Winslow Homer suffered in his right foreleg following his victory in the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in January. Winslow Homer underwent surgery for that injury, and the Curlin was his second start since then.

This injury was detected by X-ray on Monday morning, according to Tony Dutrow, who did confirm that Winslow Homer had to be vanned back from the test barn following the Curlin.

Dutrow said that the X-rays will be sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage in Lexington, Ky. for review. It is likely that Winslow Homer will need a screw inserted into his leg to stabilize the injury. Dutrow did say he believes Winslow Homer could return to the races next year.

"I've been through this more than once," he said. "It looks like one you would think the horse would come back well from."

Winslow Homer was visually impressive winning the Curlin by nine lengths, running away from four would-be challengers from the quarter pole to the wire. Winslow Homer, a son of Unbridled's Song owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.69 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"We had always believed in Winslow Homer," Dutrow said. "Regardless of the competition yesterday, Winslow Homer showed everybody what he's capable of. It's extremely disappointing not to be able to continue with him right now."

Dutrow will still be represented in the $1 million Travers on Aug. 28 with A Little Warm, who won Saturday's Jim Dandy and earned a 103 Beyer.

Dutrow said A Little Warm came out of the Jim Dandy a little quiet but otherwise in good order.