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Anne M. Eberhardt

Holthus Hoping Pure Clan Can Return in July

Stable star was diagnosed with a bruised foot after refusing to train two weeks ago.

Diagnosed with a bruised left front foot, stable star Pure Clan could return to training in early July, a relieved Bob Holthus said May 22.

Two weeks ago, the trainer was fearful that the powerful 5-year-old turf mare might be done when she refused to train. After a visit to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, she was sent to owner Lewis Lakin's Versailles farm to recover. She is exercising on an Aqua-tred, Holthus said.

Pure Clan has not raced since finishing second in last fall’s Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita. She was turned out for a rest after that but was working spottily in her return for Holthus, who had planned a similar campaign to the one Pure Clan had in 2009.

“We didn’t know what it was,” Holthus said of the injury. He sent her to the Lexington clinic after she refused to train on the morning of May 6.

“We are trying to keep the weight off her foot,” Holthus said. “If we get her back in the barn by the first of July we have a chance to make the Flower Bowl (gr. IT).”

Pure Clan won the Flower Bowl last October at Belmont Park and five weeks later made her Breeders’ Cup run to cap a five-race season.

“It looks like we are down to two or three" races this season, Holthus said. “We’d like to make the Flower Bowl and then train up to the Breeders’ Cup (at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5-6). But you have to get to the first one first.”

Pure Clan, who also won the 2008 American Oaks (gr. IT) and has three graded victories at Churchill Downs, has compiled a career mark of 8-4-3 in 16 races with earnings of $1,987,498.

“She was as good as she was all year after the Breeders’ Cup,” Holthus said. “Sometimes, I wish I had not taken her out of training.”