Grade I winner Violence off Derby trail

Grade I winner Violence has been declared off the Kentucky Derby trail and his racing career now in doubt after emerging from his runner-up in the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulftream Park on Saturday with a fracture to his right front meidal sesamoid.

Resting comfortably at Gulfstream Park, the son of Medaglia d’Oro will ship to owner Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Stable’s Farm in Versailles this week for further evaluation and recuperation.

“It’s such a disappointment to see such a promising colt sustain an injury,” trainer Todd Pletcher told the Gulfstream Park publicity staff.  “He’s been training beautifully and made such an impressive effort in his second place finish yesterday.”

Violence was unbeaten in three prior starts including a victory in the Grade I CashCall Futurity last December. He held gamely for second behind Orb in the Fountain of Youth after chasing wicked opening fractions of :23.11, :45.45 and 1:08.85.