Lord Nelson Contacts Laminitis and to Miss 2017 Breeding Season
Three-time Grade I winner Lord Nelson will miss the 2017 breeding season after contracting Laminitis. The 2016 Eclipse finalist for Champion Sprinter suffered the setback which was announced Friday.
“Lord Nelson has developed Laminitis, secondary to the infection in his right foreleg that caused him to scratch out of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. “It’s a new setback, but we are cautiously optimistic about his prognosis. With that said, we understand the seriousness of this disease.
“Mr. Hughes is committed to always doing what’s best for the horse, and that means Lord Nelson will be withheld from breeding mares this season. Our team has notified all of the breeders from his full book, and our focus is now 100% on bringing him back to good health. We very much appreciate the breeders for their understanding,” he added.
Campaigned by trainer Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson captured three consecutive Grade 1 wins in 2016 en route to becoming a finalist for the Eclipse Award for 2016 Champion Sprinter. The son of Pulpit turned in a record-setting performance in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar this summer, running six furlongs in 1:07.65 and eclipsing a stakes record that had stood at Del Mar since 1962. He also won the seven-furlong Triple Bend Stakes (G1) and six-furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1), both at Santa Anita.
Lord Nelson was bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms, which also is the breeder of Arrogate. Lord Nelson won all four of his starts in 2016 and he closed out his career with three consecutive Grade 1 wins and is now an Eclipse Awards finalist in both the male sprinter and older dirt male categories.
Lord Nelson was an early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita before incurring a leg infection that forced him to scratch and retire from racing. Out of the Seeking the Gold mare African Jade, Lord Nelson had been booked full for his first breeding season in 2017 at a stud fee of $25,000 S&N.