Darley Stable's Out of Bounds, winner of the Sham Stakes (gr. III) in only his third career start, suffered a condylar fracture of the left front cannon bone in a workout at Hollywood Park March 5, said trainer Eoin Harty.
It was his final work before the March 10 San Felipe (gr. II), in which he likely would have been the favorite or second choice.
“He is resting comfortably and is fine," Harty said. "He will have surgery within the next few days. I’ll expect him to be out for at least 90 days. His prognosis is excellent.
“I did not notice anything wrong with him until after 20 minutes into his cool out. He had an exceptional work this morning—a very good work. We all had high hopes for this horse. We are all very disappointed—not only for me and my staff but for the Maktoum family as well, for he is a homebred.”
The son of Discreet Cat had the fastest of 23 works at the distance, going in fractions of :23 4/5 and :35 2/5 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
Out of Bounds has won two of his three career starts, capturing a seven-furlong maiden race before defeating
The San Felipe is expected to attract Empire Way, a pair of Bob Baffert-trained horses from among the trio of Fed Biz, Liaison, and Bodemeister ; Midnight Transfer, Rousing Sermon, and Blingo, with several other posibilities. Mike Harrington, who trains Empire Way, said Creative Cause is "50-50."
Liaison drilled a half-mile in :47 at Santa Anita March 5 under Martin Garcia in company with Splendid Fortune.