(Edited Fair Grounds Notes)
Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s highly-regarded juvenile Indygo Mountain – scratched during the post parade of the much-anticipated allowance event for 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Dec. 18 – was standing comfortably in his stall the following morning while trainer Bret Calhoun updated his colt’s status.
“(Indygo Mountain) was fine yesterday morning,” said Calhoun. “However, Jamie (jockey Theriot) thought he felt like he might be little ‘off’ in the left hind while he warming up. You don’t want to take a chance with a horse like this, and when we brought him back to the barn we confirmed there was some heat in that area, like there might be an abscess forming. Or he may just have kicked a wall in the stall or something like that.
“Anyway, he’s doing a lot better today,” said Calhoun. “There’s less heat back there, and we blocked it off and confirmed the problem was in his foot so we took the shoes off.
“We’ll keep our eye on him for a couple of days, and if he seems okay we’ll put the shoes back on and see how he’s doing,” the trainer added. “In a best case scenario, he’ll only miss a few days of training. These kinds of things happen, but unfortunately they always seem to happen to the good ones.”
Scharbauer, whose family won the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Alysheba, spent $600,000 to acquire Indygo Mountain at the 2007 Keeneland September sale. The colt broke his maiden in his most recent start at Churchill with an impressive 6 1/4-length tally Nov. 19.
The Scharbauer-Calhoun team also has a gray juvenile colt named Silver City in the barn who has won his last two starts in Kentucky. That son of Unbridled's Song was a $700,000 purchase out of that same Keeneland sale, and is expected to make his local debut shortly.
In that much-anticipated first-level allowance race in which Indygo Mountain was scratched, Mark Wagner’s Uno Mas overtook the highly-touted Friesan Fire to win by more than two lengths. The son of Macho Uno had broken his maiden at Fair Grounds on opening weekend.
Asmussen said he will point Uno Mas, one of 93 early-bird nominations for the Louisiana Derby (gr. I) released this week, toward the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10. Early-bird nominees are automatically nominated to both the Lecomte and Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 7.