Real Quiet Cracks Leg Bone
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) _ Real Quiet, the 1998 Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner won’t race again this year because of a cracked leg bone, costing the Breeders’ Cup Classic yet another star.
Whether the 4-year-old colt will ever race again remains to be seen.
``There’s a little crack in the splint bone in the right front leg,″ trainer Bob Baffert said Thursday by telephone from Del Mar in California.
Baffert said he’s been told the injury should heal fine, but ``we’ll wait 90 days and see how it looks. He’s finished for this year.″
The trainer said the injury was discovered after Real Quiet worked seven furlongs Sunday morning at Santa Anita.
``There was a little filling, and X-rays showed a little crack at the top of the splint bone,″ he said.
Real Quiet, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup in his last start on June 27, was scheduled to start next in the Pacific Classic Aug. 29 at Del Mar, then run in the $4 million Breeders Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
At one point, the Classic shaped up as a showdown between Charismatic, the 1999 Derby-Preakness winner; the Baffert-trained Silver Charm, 1997 Derby-Preakness and 1998 Dubai World Cup winner; Free House, 1998 Pacific Classic and 1999 Santa Anita Handicap winner; Victory Gallop, who beat Real Quiet in the Belmont Stakes and winner of this year’s Whitney Handicap; and Behrens, winner of four straight graded stakes before losing by a nose to Victory Gallop in the Whitney.
Of those five, only Behrens remains.
Charismatic was retired after fracturing an ankle while finishing third in the Belmont Stakes June 5.
Silver Charm was retired in June because the 5-year-old simply had lost his winning form. In his last start, he was fourth in the Stephen Foster Handicap won by Victory Gallop on June 12 at Churchill Downs.
Free House was retired after pulling a back muscle while finishing second to Real Quiet on May 8 in the Pimlico Special.
Victory Gallop was retired after tearing a suspensory ligament in winning the Whitney on Aug. 1 at Saratoga.
Silver Charm, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, will stand at stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.
When Real Quiet, owned by Mike Pegram, is retired he will go to stud at The Vinery in Kentucky. Purchased for $17,000, Real Quiet has won six of 20 starts and earned $3,271,803.
Pegram also owns the Baffert-trained Silverbulletday. The two men were to arrive in Saratoga Springs Friday night to watch the prized 3-year-old filly run in the Alabama on Saturday.
She will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, who in July had been faced with making a choice of whether to ride Victory Gallop or Real Quiet in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Bailey said he learned of Real Quiet’s injury when he read about it in the Daily Racing Form before going to play golf Thursday.
``I bogeyed the first hole,″ he said.