In a late release on October 31, Donegal Racing's undefeated two-year-old Cleburne must pass up running in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The young horse who was victorious in the Grade III Iroquois Stakes has suffered a bucked shin according to his trainer Dale Romans confirmation.
Romans has a strong suspicion that the two-year-old colt injured himself when he worked out five furlongs at Santa Anita back on the 26th.
Bucked shins can occur commonly in young horses because of repetitive motion. It is an inflammatory condition occurring in the outer layer of frontal cannon bones. Bones stiffen as horses mature and the condition is a rarely seen problem when the horse is older.
Bred in Kentucky by Earle I. Mack, Cleburne was sired by Dixie Union, out of Joyful by Distorted Humor. Denali Stud sold Cleburne at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale for a reported $310,000 to Donegal Racing.
Undefeated Cleburne won his two starts: at Ellis Park on August 16, and then the Iroquois Stakes on dirt, which he won by a neck running from off pace, qualifying him for the Breeders’ Cup.
It might be a blessing in the long run. Hopefully he'll be fresh for the spring. ...
As might be expected, plans are to rest Cleburn.
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