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Violence sidelined with fracture, off Derby trail

Violence will miss the Derby after suffering a fracture (Courtney Heeney/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 1 winner Violence has been sidelined after sustaining a fracture to his right front medial sesamoid.

The fracture was detected after the Medaglia d'Oro colt suffered his first career loss when second in Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.

Resting comfortably at Gulfstream Park, the dark bay colt will ship to owner Steven Marshall's Black Rock Stable's Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, this week for further evaluation and recuperation.

"It's such a disappointment to see such a promising colt sustain an injury," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He's been training beautifully and made such an impressive effort in his second-place finish yesterday."

Violence was making his three-year-old bow in the Fountain of Youth. He captured his maiden debut at Saratoga last August and then added the Grade 2 Nashua to his resume three months later.

The Kentucky-bred closed out his perfect juvenile season with a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on December 15.

Violence earned 20 points in the new Road to the Kentucky Derby points system for his runner-up effort in the Fountain of Youth, moving into third place in the overall standings with 30 points.

He's thus far banked $623,000 to go along with his 4-3-1-0 career mark.

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