Vindication suffers injury
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) – Eclipse Award winner Vindication has been knocked off the road to the Kentucky Derby due to a leg injury. The early favorite for this year’s Run for the Roses has a possible strain of the left front suspensory
The injury was discovered after a routine gallop this Monday at Santa Anita Park. An ultrasound will be taken in 60 days. A preliminary ultrasound discovered a ‘minute spot’ on the suspensory. He suffered a bruise to one of his hooves during a workout on January 25.
Vindication is owned by Padua Stables and trained by Bob Baffert. Last year’s champion two-year-old is undefeated in four career starts for earnings of $680,950.
This injury continues the bad luck streak for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winners in the Kentucky Derby. There has never been a winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to go on to a victory in the Run for the Roses. The last champion two-year-old to win the Kentucky Derby was Spectacular Bid in 1979.