Godolphin’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Maxfield suffered a non-displaced lateral condylar fracture of his right front leg during a half-mile workout at Keeneland, KY this morning.
The three-year-old colt is presently in surgery and is out of training for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
The injury was reported by trainer Brendan Walsh.
“He has a condylar fracture, right front,” texted Walsh. “Gone for surgery. Hope to get more news when he gets through surgery.”
The operation is being performed by orthopaedic specialist Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY.
The Street Sense colt has an undefeated 3-0-0 record, with $442,762 in earnings. He won last year’s Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, but was scratched from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after suffering an ankle chip. Maxfield came to be regarded as a top three-year-old following his victory last month in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3).
“This is pretty clean as far as these things go,” said Jimmy Bell, president of Darley America, the breeding component of Godolphin. “Being non-displaced is a big help. It seems like we should have a pretty straight-forward surgery and we’ll wait to hear from Larry and hope to be back and fight another day.”
“It could be an awful lot worse. It could have been catastrophic, which would have been devastating,” Walsh said. “I think the horse is ok.”