Mastery Dealing With Post-Race Injury

Kentucky Derby, Race Results

check out the post right here click over here Mastery flat out dominated the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, defeating the rest of his competition by 6 3/4 lengths. The masterful (pun intended) victory looked like it was going to cement Mastery as a favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but a post-race injury might put that favorite status to rest.

Cheyenne Stables owner Everett Dobson said a left front leg condylar fracture was discovered in Mastery following the race and surgery is scheduled “in a few days.”

“It will require a few screws to be inserted and he’s going to have to take some significant time off—several months off,” said Dobson. “Obviously it’s incredibly disappointing. It’s difficult to find horses of this talent and have them run in your colors.”

Jockey Mike Smith, who hopped off Mastery following the wire, said something felt off around “10 jumps” after the wire.

“Something went off on the left hind. I don’t know why,” said Smith. “It wasn’t something that happened that made me think, ‘Oh (something wrong) happened.’ He just all the sudden went off it and wouldn’t put any weight on the left hind.

“I got off real quick and nothing is dislocated and everything seemed fine, and after he moved for a little bit, he started walking fine on it. I’m hoping maybe he just tweaked it or rolled it and that it’s nothing serious, because he’s an incredible horse.”

“We’ve been so high on this horse and you see what he did today, which was incredible … and I’m walking down and I hear one of the fans say, ‘I hope your horse is all right,'” said trainer Bob Baffert.

The San Felipe Stakes win came with 50 Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points, which bumped Mastery’s points to total to 60. He’s currently second in points, four behind Gunnevera.

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