Mastery Wins San Felipe but out of Derby Picture

Jubilation turned to disappointment as 4-5 favorite Mastery continued his winning ways, easily taking the San Felipe Stakes over Iliad. But just past the finish line, jockey Mike Smith pulled the horse up with a potentially career-ending injury.

Mastery led from wire to wire, being challenged down the backstretch by Iliad and Gormley. The two horses made their move on Mastery entering the far turn, with Gormley first weakening, then Iliad, as Smith hand rode Mastery to an easy win. Term of Art finished third.

Mastery was diagnosed with a condylar fracture in his left front leg. He was taken off the track by ambulance and will undergo surgery later to repair the fracture.

Gormley, considered to be a Derby hopeful, finished a disappointing fourth.

Peter Lee

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