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Commanding Curve To Return to Races in 2015

September 09, 2014 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Kentucky Derby runner up Commanding Curve will have the rest of the year off before returning to the races as a 4-year-old in 2015.

Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital evaluated the son of Master Command and diagnosed him with bruising in all four ankles following a nuclear bone scan. Bramlage explained the bruising is the likely cause for Commanding Curve’s poor performances since the first Saturday in May.

“After he didn't fire in the Travers, we knew we had to have him examined," said WPT president Terry Finley. "The findings reveal why he hasn’t been hasn’t pushing off and has been so pokey in the early parts of his races lately. He’s going to be as good as new with some rest and we look forward to seeing him back in action this winter at Fair Grounds.”

Trainer Dallas Stewart said, “The horse never showed any lameness, but we wanted to cover all of our bases by sending him for a scan. I’m glad we did it and I’m relieved that it’s really a minor issue requiring only about 60 days of rest. Hopefully we follow the same path Macho Again did as a four-year-old.”


Purchased by Terry Finley and the West Point Thoroughbreds buying team for $75,000 at the 2013 OBS April 2-Year-Old in Training Sale, Commanding Curve has hit the board in 5 of 10 starts and has earnings of $572,434.