Texas Red Has Cannon Bone Bruising, But Will Return in 2016

Texas Red Has Cannon Bone Bruising, But Will Return in 2016

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Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), will be rested for the remainder of the year after emerging from a fifth-place finish in the August 29th Travers Stakes (gr. I) with cannon bone bruising.

The son of Afleet Alex was the second choice in the Travers after scoring a solid win in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) one start prior, but after breaking slowly and fighting his rider’s restraint early on, he failed to rally as expected and finished 11 3/4 lengths behind victorious Keen Ice. In the aftermath of the Travers, he had been under consideration for a start in the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III), but according to a series of tweets on Twitter from Erich Brehm Jr.–son of Texas Red’s part-owner Eric Brehm Sr–it was discovered that Texas Red was suffering from cannon bone bruising, which likely explains his poor showing in the Travers.

Although it’s unfortunate that Texas Red will miss the remainder of the season, it’s great to hear that he will be back in 2016. He could very well improve with age, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish next year. I wish his Texas Red and his connections the best!

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