Midshipman out of triple crown contention
Leading Kentucky Derby contender Midshipman will miss the American triple crown races due to an injury sustained while in training in Dubai.
The winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Midshipman was being prepared at Godolphin’s Al Quoz Stables in Dubai ahead of a scheduled return to the United States.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said on the Godolphin website the three-year-old had suffered soft tissue damage.
“Unfortunately Midshipman has knocked himself and inevitably this injury will rule him out of the Triple Crown races,” Crisford said.
“It is a huge shame as he had been pleasing us enormously and was ready to make his reappearance next Thursday.
“He is scheduled to return to America in early April and hopefully he will be back on the track later in the season.
“We can’t risk him right now as we need to give his injury time to settle. It is in his best interest to give him time to return to peak fitness later in the year.”
The United States’ 2008 champion colt, Midshipman was trained by Bob Baffert before being purchased by Sheikh Mohammed late last year.