Hopefully this isn’t going to be a sign of things to come, but promising two-year-old Spurious Precision has been euthanized after suffering a broken left knee. The fracture happened at Aqueduct while the colt was working out and training towards a run in the Champagne Stakes. Spurious Precision was undefeated in two starts, including a victory in the Grade II Saratoga Special. He was likely to be a favorite in the Champagne Stakes and was being pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. This past racing season was tough on the three-year-old division and hopefully, moving forward, the 2014 Kentucky Derby hopefuls can avoid the injury and illness that have plagued such outstanding horses as Hansen, I’ll Have Another, and Union Rags, among others.
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Last month we found out that 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Hansen had suffered an injury and may have to retire. That retirement became official earlier in the week, according to the Paulick Report. Hansen had a partially torn tendon in his left foreleg and his owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, had hoped stem cell treatments and rest could facilitate the tendon to heal and allow his star colt to get back on the track. Hansen won five of his nine career starts and earned nearly $2 million in winnings.
My Miss Aurelia puts here unbeaten record on the line in Philadelphia this weekend in the $1 million Grade I Cotillion Stakes. After a tremendous two-year-old campaign, which saw her win three graded stakes races, culminating in a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Fillies, she developed a shin problem. The shin has kept her out of action for most of 2012, but she returned to the track in August at Saratoga and didn’t miss a beat, as she won the Mandy’s Gold Stakes. This weekend at Parx Racing, the Steve Asmussen trained filly will have to hold off Questing to remain unbeaten. Kiaran McLaughlin’s Questing has won three consecutive races, including two grade I affairs, which she dominated, leading from wire to wire. Only four fillies entered the Cotillion, with the other two being Dixie Strike, and Moment In Dixie, who has finished in the money in each of her four career starts.