Injured Storm Flight to miss Futurity

October 15, 1992|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

LAUREL -- Storm Flight -- the Maryland-based 2-year-old who might have been favored to win the $200,000 Laurel Futurity on Sunday -- broke down after a workout over the Laurel turf course on Tuesday and has been pulled from the lineup.

Trainer Carlos Garcia said the Storm Bird gelding fractured his right hind pastern and will probably be out of action for several months.

The injury is not life threatening.

"It is a stress fracture, although from the X-rays we're still not sure how serious it is," Garcia said. "We will take more X-rays in a couple of days." A pin could be inserted to hold the bone together.

Garcia said he is particularly devastated because "the horse was doing terrific. He worked so well on Tuesday that the rider had trouble pulling him up. He jogged back good. But about 25 minutes later, after we gave him his bath, he was lame."

* Storm Flight won a turf prep for the Futurity, the Vanlandingham Stakes at Pimlico, beating the well-regarded colt, Secret Odds, by eight lengths on Sept. 13. Storm Flight won three of his first five career starts, earning $71,117.

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