Condylar Fracture Forces Retirement Of Undefeated Arkansas Derby Winner Nadal

Unbeaten in four career starts, including an impressive win earlier this month in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, the Bob Baffert-trained Nadal suffered a condylar fracture in his left front leg this morning at Santa Anita Park, reports The injury was discovered after a morning workout during which the 3-year-old son of Blame breezed a half-mile in 48 4/5 seconds, and Nadal was quickly taken in for surgery at the track’s equine hospital.

“It requires two screws,” co-owner George Bolton told the Blood-Horse. “He is now going to become a stallion. It’s very sad, obviously. I just got the call this morning. It’s a call you never want to get in horse racing.”

No stallion deal has been announced for Nadal, but Spendthrift Farm is believed to be the current frontrunner.

Bred in Kentucky by Sierra Farm, Nadal is out of the Pulpit mare Ascending Angel. Randy Bradshaw selected the colt for $65,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, and watched him sell for $700,000 to agent Kerri Radcliffe at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old in training sale.

Raced by the partnership of Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman, and Mark Mathiesen, Nadal broke his maiden on January 19 this year, then went on to win the G2 San Vicente and G2 Rebel before his triumph in the second division of the Arkansas Derby.

The early Triple Crown favorite after his four impressive performances, Nadal had been under consideration for the June 20 Belmont Stakes. He was also the leader on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 150 points.

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