According to Gulfstream Park Publicity, Force Freeze, runner-up in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs, suffered a bowed tendon Saturday morning.
The injury was discovered after he worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 at Gulfstream Park, according to trainer Peter Walder. Force Freeze is owned by Saeed Nasser al Romalthi’s 7-year-old gelding
“He bowed a tendon at the end of his workout this morning, right fore,” said Walder Saturday afternoon. “I’m just sick over it. You wait your whole life for a horse like this and something like this happens. I thought he was the best sprinter in the country. We’ll consider stem cell therapy, give him a year off, and see where he is then.”
A Kentucky-bred son of Forest Camp, Force Freeze finished second by a neck to Amazombie in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5, the latter later voted Eclipse champion in the division.
Force Freeze came back with an impressive victory in the $150,000 Gulfstream Sprint Championship (G2) on Feb. 19. He was being pointed to a start next in the $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) on Kentucky Derby Day., Sat., May 5.
Force Freeze/Kenny Martin photo