Intense Holiday retired due to leg injury

05/27/2014 09:34 AM

Risen Star Stakes winner Intense Holiday suffered a fracture to his right front leg over the weekend that will cause him to be retired from racing, according to

The colt, out of Harlan’s Holiday, was training at Belmont Park in preparation for the Belmont Stakes in two weeks. The injury was first thought to not be career-ending, but Dr. Patti Hogan of the Hogan Equine Medical Facility in New Jersey, who performed the surgery, recommended the horse be retired.

“This injury was more frustrating than most because, after a disappointing finish in the Kentucky Derby, Intense Holiday underwent a thorough veterinary exam, including nuclear scintigraphy and digital x-rays,” said Dr. Foster Northrop, primary veterinarian for Starlight Racing, in an interview with “All of his results came back clean and he was shipped to Belmont Park where, by all accounts, he had been training very well.”

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