Cupid Out of Kentucky Derby
By Dick Downey
After being found to have what Bob Baffert described as an entrapped epiglottis, Cupid has been declared out of the Kentucky Derby.
The report was broken by DRF.com, and the information about Cupid's medical problem was on a free portion of their site. That portion of the report also said Cupid will have surgery "Monday at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky."
Cupid was already scheduled to be shipped to Kentucky today following his 10th place finish in the Arkansas Derby as the 4-5 favorite.
According to the Merck Vet Manual, "Epiglottic entrapment is a less common cause of respiratory noise and exercise intolerance. In this condition, the aryepiglottic fold completely envelops the apex and lateral margins of the epiglottis."
The manual goes on to say, "Clinical signs of epiglottic entrapment include inspiratory and expiratory respiratory noise during exercise and poor exercise performance. Less common signs include cough, nasal discharge, and headshaking. In mature nonracehorses, cough is the most consistent presenting complaint. Diagnosis is determined by endoscopic examination."
Surgery can cure the problem, but whether a race horse can get back to top performance isn't always predictable. "Surgical transection is generally curative, with a relapse rate of 5%. Some affected horses can race successfully with the condition," the manual says.
Accordingly, whether Cupid will be able to run in the Preakness or other high-level race will depend on the result he gets from surgery.
The defection moves Mo Tom up to number 20 on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard.