Mastery Injury Ends Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown Dreams

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Mastery Suffers Fractured Leg in Winning San Felipe Stakes

The top 3-year-old on the Kentucky Derby trail had successful surgery Monday following a condylar fracture of his left front leg in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Mastery went wire-to-wire to win by 6 ¾ lengths for his fourth straight victory to start his career, but it may be over following the injury.

“You see what he did today was just incredible and puts him as the best 3-year-old in the nation,” said trainer Bob Baffert following Mastery’s impressive performance in the San Felipe.

Mastery returned to his barn at Santa Anita following surgery Monday, which Baffert said “went very well.”

Mastery was pulled up immediately after winning the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on Saturday, and was taken from the track in the equine ambulance.

“All of a sudden he just kind of picked his back leg up,” jockey Mike Smith said. “To be honest at that point I didn’t know what it was. You can never really tell until you get off the horse. After a minute or so of walking he put it down and he was fine.”

Mastery, a Candy Ride colt, earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105 in winning the San Felipe, a figure that would have likely established him as the favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby.

“The most important thing now is to focus on his well-being,” Baffert said. “Our emotions went from the highest of the highs after he won to the lowest of the lows. Obviously what happened is pretty disappointing…But in this game you have to keep things in perspective. It could have been worse.”

Here’s the race replay of Mastery‘s potential final race winning the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2).

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