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Injury Retires Top Colt Cape Town

May 20, 1998

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Cape Town fractured his left front leg in the Preakness and is being retired to stud.

``We’re assuming it happened during the race,″ said Ric Walden, syndicate manager for William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm, where the colt was bred and where he will stand. ``He went into the race sound, and he came out of it unsound.″

The fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Cape Town threw his left front shoe during the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico. He finished eighth.

``It’s reasonable to speculate it (throwing the shoe) caused the injury, but it cannot be proved that it did,″ Walden said Wednesday.

He said X-Rays taken when the colt returned to Churchill Downs in Louisville on Monday revealed a fractured sesamoid. He also said surgery would not be required and that Cape Town would be given 60 days stall rest.

Lukas had said before the injury was discovered that Cape Town would not go to the Belmont Stakes June 6.

Cape Town won five of 13 career starts and earned $795,817. After winning half of his starts as a 2-year-old, including the Kentucky Jockey club Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs, he opened 1998 by winning the Holy Bull Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park. He then finished fourth the Fountain of Youth and won the Florida Derby on the disqualification of Lil’s Lad at Gulfstream. He finished third in Keeneland’s Blue Grass before his starts in the Derby and Preakness.

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