Lame after Friday Workout - Churchill Downs Unaware
By Dick Downey
With Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager still warm after wrapping up on Sunday, Godolphin ran a piece on its website the following day stating that something is wrong with Avery Island.
"Top Kentucky Derby prospect Avery Island has been sidelined and will be shipped to Lexington, Kentucky tomorrow (Tuesday) to be further evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital," J. A. McGrath wrote. "He came back lame after working on Friday but initial x-rays ruled out any structural damage."
That workout took place Friday morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida. Future Wager Pool 3 opened at Noon ET later that day. Avery Island finished Pool 3 at 29-1 odds off a morning line of 30-1, attracting total win wagers of $7,505.
According to Godolphin, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said: “It’s very disappointing for all of us here at Godolphin, and plans are on hold until we know more about the injury. He’s done something to himself. But we will wait until we hear from Dr. Bramlage before deciding the next move."
Before this happened, Avery Island, winner of the Withers Stakes in Louisiana, was said to be pointed to the March 24 Louisiana Derby.
It is the policy of Churchill Downs to suspend wagering on any pool participant if officials are notified the horse is unlikely to move forward on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. According to Darren Rogers, Senior Director of Communications and Media Service at Churchill Downs, officials there were unaware of the status of Avery Island over the weekend.
The Monday release by Godolphin was the first public disclosure about the matter.