Report: Magnum Moon suffers career-ending injury in work

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Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Magnum Moon, who was unbeaten until 19th in the Kentucky Derby, has run his last race.

According to BloodHorse reporter Jeremy Balan, the son of Malibu Moon suffered a career-ending front leg injury Saturday morning galloping out from a workout at Belmont Park, where the colt was breezing toward a potential start in the July 7 Dwyer Stakes.

“We’re basically playing the waiting game,” Jacob West, who serves as bloodstock agent for owners Robert and Lawana Low, told BloodHorse. “Surgery — if it’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen — we just don’t know yet. We’ll probably know more in an hour.”

West added, “It’s a total kick in the gut.”

Magnum Moon, who was trained by Todd Pletcher, had worked three times since June 3 entering Saturday’s drill.

The colt sought to end the so-called Apollo’s Curse in the Kentucky Derby — that being a horse un-raced at age 2 hadn’t won it since 1882. While Magnum Moon didn’t pull off the feat, eventual Triple Crown winner Justify did.

A $380,000 purchase for owners Robert and Lawana Low, Magnum Moon debuted Jan. 13 and also won the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on his way to the first Saturday in May.


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