CAPO KANE sustained a leg injury Wednesday. Originally, it looked like the three-year-old stakes winner was only going to need three to four months to recover, but he has instead been retired from racing.
"He was galloping in the morning, came back slow back to the barn. We x-rayed him and, due to his injury and the advice of the surgeon - they said he'll make a good stallion, but he won't be able to race again," said Wyner. The colt injured his suspensory ligament.
As a result, he is out of the Wood Memorial (G2), which runs Saturday and off the Kentucky Derby trail. He ranked 24th on the Derby leaderboard with 12 points thanks to win in the Jerome Stakes, third place finish in the Withers (G3) and sixth place in the Gotham (G3).
Trainer Harold Wyner told Horse Racing Nation that owners Bing Cherry Racing and Leonard Liberto are looking to sell him as a stallion prospect.
CAPO KANE is by STREET SENSE out of TWIRL ME, by HARD SPUN. For a three year old, he has an extensive auction history. As a yearling, he sold for $35,000 at the Keeneland January Sale then again for $75,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. As a two-year-old, he sold for $87,000 at the OBS Two-Year-Olds in Training sale. You might say that Leonard Liberto got the best deal though as he purchased him at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale 2020 for $26,000. Out of 5 starts, he has 2 firsts, 1 second and 1 third with lifetime earnings of $147,500.