SENOR BUSCADOR has come off his Road to the Kentucky Derby, following an injury that occured during his 4F workout at Sam Houston on Friday, Feb. 26th.
The 3-yr-old son of MINESHAFT had been working regularly at Sam Houston, going back to the start of this year. On Friday, he worked half a mile in :49 ? , but upon finishing that breeze, he came back "a little off" according to owner Joe Peacock in an email.
The injury was minor — a mild sprain in his suspensory ligament, to which Joe Peacock commented they could've had him back in three days. But in the best interest of his horse, they will stop training and take their time to evaluate his conditions.
SENOR BUSCADOR was preparing for a probable start in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, which is just three weeks from now. He would've had a showdown with highly touted CADDO RIVER, while attempting to earn some urgent Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
Joe Peacock expressed his long-term motivation for his talented colt, stating that he is young with a bright future, and that they're going to do their best to see that he gets the care he needs to sustain a long racing career. Trainer Todd Fincher was concerned for longevity all the same, stating it would be too risky to run him now.
We last saw SENOR BUSCADOR in the Risen Star Stakes three weeks ago. He was racing without Lasix for the first time, and finished fifth as the second betting favorite.
Prior to that, he won two impressive come-from-behind races at Remington Park, which had him buzzing in the Horse Racing community.
SENOR BUSCADOR was listed in the KY Derby Future Pool 2 at odds of 34-1, a statement of great expectation given the fact he hadn't earned a single KY Derby qualifying point to his name yet.
With time away from the races, hopefully we can see him in the later stages of the Triple Crown series, or, even the Summer stakes races which lead to the Breeder's Cup in the Fall.
SENOR BUSCADOR is by MINESHAFT out of ROSE'S DESERT by DESERT GOLD. He has 2 wins from 3 starts, with earnings of $145,247.