Fracture Knocks Corinthian Off Triple Crown Trail

Centennial Farms' Corinthian, who was disqualified from first and placed third in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), has been taken off the Triple Crown trail after suffering a hairline fracture of the left hind ankle.

"He had an open gallop on Saturday, and later that day or the next, I noticed he was just a little off, and knew something was not quite right," said Steve Carr, veterinarian and racing manager for Centennial Farms. "It took us two or three days to pinpoint it, so we didn't say anything until we were sure exactly what was going on. It's just a little hairline fracture, not an up and down one like a condylar. It's on the top of and the very front of the long pastern bone.

"It's a minor thing, but bad timing, obviously. It will require four to six weeks off, but the good part is I've never had one of these that didn't heal well. Quite often, I find it as an incidental finding when you're X-raying for something else. It has been there for a while, and no one even knew about it. He'll go back in training around Derby weekend and point for the Travers (gr. I)."

Corinthian, a son of Pulpit, out of Easy Goer mare Multiply, was bred in Kentucky by Gracefield Equine and Hargus Sexton, and purchased by Centennial for $385,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

In addition to his disqualification in the Fountain of Youth, he won a maiden race at Aqueduct and an allowance race at Gulfstream Park for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.