By Neil Monnery

Nadal suddenly retired and is out of the Triple Crown

By Neil Monnery
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Extremely disappointing and sad news coming out of Bob Baffert’s stable this afternoon as unbeaten Nadal has been retired following being diagnosed with a left front lateral condylar fracture his co-owner confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

Nadal had been hotly tipped for the Belmont Stakes along with the Kentucky Derby and was currently atop of the Kentucky Derby qualifying points standings. He has ranked as the top three-year-old in the NTRA Poll since his win in the second group at the Arkansas Derby.

This news is quite the shock and continues what has been a tough week for his trainer following the news that one of his other top three-year-olds in Charlatan failed a drugs test after the Arkansas Derby earlier this month.

His victories at the San Vicente Stakes, Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby had pushed him to the forefront of bettors minds for the Triple Crown races. Many had seen a potential three-way battle between him and his stablemate Charlatan along with Tiz the Law.

Now potentially only Tiz the Law will be running at the Belmont with Charlatan’s position up in the air with his positive drug test result and news that even if he’s cleared on the split sample, they may choose to run him in the Woody Stephens Stakes rather than the first Triple Crown race of the year. The news that Nadal is out however may well change those plans as Baffert scrambles to adjust to the news that one of his stars is out.

This news leaves the betting for Belmont looking very volatile as bettors wait to see what Charlatan does and whether Maxfield will be run in New York or whether he’ll be held back for the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in July. 

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