Trainer Walter Bindner has a lot to smile about these days. First there is Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner Colonial Colony and now the return to training by Twin Lantern Racing Stables unbeaten Shiloh Bound.
The son of Cat's Career returned to the track Tuesday for the first time since early March, when Bindner decided that he needed some time off. He has not run since Jan. 10, when he made the Black Gold Handicap on the Fair Grounds turf his third win in as many starts.
"We've had him here for a few days and have just been shedrowing the horse," said Bindner. "We've had him in training out at the farm just on an exercise machine, just jogging out there. We've had about 30 days of that. (Tuesday) was an interesting day just watching him go around there, hoping he didn't get loose from the pony."
Bindner said a couple of ailments prompted his decision to send the bay gelding to the sidelines although examinations of Shiloh Bound failed to reveal any specific problems.
"We know that he injured a foot and we feel like he strained a high suspensory (ligament)," Bindner said. "When the X-rays were negative and the ultrasounds were negative, we just decided to give him plenty of time and make sure that nature was given the opportunity to heal what we couldn't find."
The first indication of a problem for Shiloh Bound came on Feb. 15. Bindner said he arrived at the barn that morning to find Shiloh Bound was lame.
"I gave him about 10 days off down there and we were soaking and tubbing the foot," he said. "We felt like it was a hundred percent and we went back out and trained him for about a week and it wasn't. So that's when we pulled the plug."
Shiloh Bound, a $13,000 purchase at Keeneland's November Sale in 2001, opened his career in claiming company. He ran for $45,000 in his debut on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs and won at odds of 43-1. He returned to win a six-furlong Fair Grounds allowance at odds of 22-1 on Dec. 21, and was sent off at nearly 16-1 when he took the Black Gold. He has earned $67,640 in his three victories.