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Spendthrift's Lord Nelson To Miss 2017 Season
Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson, the triple Gr1 winner and 2016 Eclipse finalist for Champion Sprinter, has contracted Laminitis which will cause him to miss the 2017 breeding season, the farm announced late Friday. "Lord Nelson has developed Laminitis, secondary to the infection in his right foreleg that caused him to scratch out of the Breeders' Cup Sprint," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift General Manager. "It's a new setback, but we are cautiously optimistic about his prognosis. " Toffey added: "Mr. Hughes is committed to always doing what's best for the horse, and that means Lord Nelson will be withheld from breeding mares this season...our focus is now 100% on bringing him back to good health." Prepared by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Lord Nelson won 7 of his 13 starts highlighted by three consecutive Gr1 victories last year in the Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita, Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar - in which his time of 1:07.65 smashed the six furlong record that had stood since 1962 - and the Sprint Championship Stakes at Santa Anita. Lord Nelson was an early favourite for the 2016 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint before incurring a leg infection that forced him to be scratched and retired from racing. Out of the Seeking the Gold mare African Jade, Lord Nelson had been booked full for his first breeding season in 2017 at a stud fee of $25,000 S&N.