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Undefeated Arkansas Derby Winner Nadal Undergoes Surgery For Condylar Fracture

Nadal wins the Arkansas Derby

Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Nadal, who suffered a condylar fracture of his left foreleg this morning after breezing at Santa Anita Park, has had two screws put on the fracture and is back in his stall, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Dr. Ryan Carpenter did the surgery.

Co-owner George Bolton told Bloodhorse.com the Blame colt has been retired, though Carpenter indicated to Baffert Nadal could come back to race after 90 days on the shelf.

“He breezed an easy half and when he was cooling out he didn't look good,” said Baffert. “He had the beginning of a condylar—a little line–in his left front. They put two screws in it and he's standing up and back in his stall. He could come back to race. They would take one screw out and he would still need about 90 days before going back into training. They can come back from this as long as it's not displaced.”

No stallion deal has been announced for Nadal, but Spendthrift Farm is believed to be the current frontrunner.

Bred in Kentucky by Sierra Farm, Nadal is out of the Pulpit mare Ascending Angel. Randy Bradshaw selected the colt for $65,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale, and watched him sell for $700,000 to agent Kerri Radcliffe at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old in training sale.

Raced by the partnership of Bolton, Arthur Hoyeau, Barry Lipman, and Mark Mathiesen, Nadal broke his maiden on January 19 this year, then went on to win the G2 San Vicente and G2 Rebel before his triumph in the second division of the Arkansas Derby.

The early Triple Crown favorite after his four impressive performances, Nadal had been under consideration for the June 20 Belmont Stakes. He was also the leader on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 150 points.

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