Earlier today, Bloodhorse.com announced that Nadal, undefeated winner of a division of the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, suffered a condylar fracture in his left foreleg, discovered following a morning workout in which Nadal breezed a half-mile in 48.80.
Immediately after the diagnosis, Nadal was admitted to the track’s equine hospital for surgery. Co-owner and spokesman George Bolton explained that two screws needed to be implanted, and that Nadal has run his last race.
“He is now going to come a stallion,” Bolton told Blood-Horse. “I just got the call this morning. It’s a call you never want to get in horse racing.”