Top Billing, a leading contender for the 2014 Kentucky Derby, sustained a crack in his right front cannon bone during a workout at Payson Park yesterday (Saturday) morning that has not only knocked him out of the Derby, but off the Triple Crown trail completely.
It was Top Billings’ first breeze since running third in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22 and his first for what supposed to be his next start, the March 29 Florida Derby.
“We saw it after he pulled up from the breeze this morning,” trainer Shug McGaughey said. “We took him back to the barn, we x-rayed it and found it.”
McGaughey said the longterm prognosis is “good” for the handsome son of Curlin and that it was “not a career threatening” injury.
“He’s going to Kentucky today (Sunday March 9). Hopefully he’ll get operated on tomorrow afternoon or first thing Monday morning (March 10),” McGaughey added.
Top Billing had run three times this year (all three at Gulfstream Park), while finishing second in an allowance race Jan. 3 before winning an optional claiming allowance race Jan. 25. The Fountain of Youth had been his stakes debut.