Submitted by Noel Michaels on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Normandy Invasion won’t race again in 2013, eyes 2014 campaign
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Normandy Invasion, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby who has been battling a foot injury, will not run again this year, according to owner Rick Porter.
Porter said Friday he felt that there were “no meaningful races” for him to run in 2013 and he will focus on a 2014 campaign.
Porter said that Normandy Invasion was sent to Kentucky earlier this week, first to get checked out at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and then to get turned out on a farm.
Porter said that an examination by Dr. Larry Bramlage revealed no other physical issues other than the foot abscess that forced him to miss several weeks of training.
“We sent him to Kentucky to turn him out, let that foot grow out while he’s not in training,” Porter said. “We probably won’t have any hiccups that way.”
Porter said that he and trainer Chad Brown would come up with a plan for 2014 and work backward from there to determine when to put him back in training.
Normandy Invasion, a nine-length maiden winner in his second career start at Aqueduct, finished second in the Grade 2 Remsen at 2 and second in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at 3. He made the lead turning for home in the Kentucky Derby, but finished fourth, 3 1/2 lengths behind Orb.