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Condylar Fracture Ends Nadal's Career
Undefeated US colt Nadal (Blame-Ascending Angel, by Pulpit) has had an early retirement enforced upon him after suffering a condylar fracture at Santa Anita trackwork, reports bloodhorse.com. The son of Claiborne Farm stallion Blame (Arch) was in a purple patch of form with four wins from four starts including three Graded stakes wins that culminated in the Gr1 Arkansas Derby (see below) en-route to the Gr1 Kentucky Derby. Ironically, the date he won his Gr1 was the original scheduled date for the Kentucky Derby, leaving trainer Bob Baffert to lament what might have been had the original dates been adhered to. "He came back from the work a little off so we checked him and there was a little line… He had the beginnings of a fracture. It could have been worse, but we caught it before then," said Baffert. With Nadal on 150 points – the highest of all contenders – for the Run for the Rose, Baffert added, “The timing was perfect for him for the Derby. He was on a great schedule. It’s just a shame with the Derby dreams. The window – he was right there." The future stallion was a US$700,000 Gulfstream juvenile at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2YO Sale.