Derby hopefuls Violence and Orb battled it out in the stretch run of the Fountain of Youth with Orb ultimately passing Violence and taking the win by a half length. This became the first loss in Violence’s career.
Unfortunately this race was not only the first loss of Violence’s career but it permanently ended his Derby dreams. The popular Grade I winner, who was among the early Derby favorites, suffered a fracture to his medial sesamoid on the right front leg. The serious injury was not noted until after the intrepid battle between Violence and Orb in the Fountain of Youth (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park.
He was made comfortable at Gulfstream until he could be shipped home to owner Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Stable Form, Versailles, Kentucky. He is expected to get an thorough workup and evaluation followed by a long healing recuperation.
Violence’s trailer is Todd Pletcher. Obviously concerned, upset and disappointed, Pletcher said, “It’s such a disappointment to see such a promising colt sustain an injury. He’s been training beautifully and made such an impressive effort in his second-place finish.”
Violence was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm. He is the son of Medaglia d’Oro and out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty.
Bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty, Violence ranks third in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings with 30 points.
Source: Blood Horse
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