SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Invisible Ink, runner-up to Monarchos in the Kentucky
Derby, joined that 3-year-old on the list of horses who won't run for the rest of the
year, his connections announced Friday.
According to owner John Fort, head of Peachtree Stable, the Triple Crown took its
toll on Invisible Ink both mentally and physically. Invisible Ink has been battling a
skin disease since the Belmont Stakes and he seems "depressed" mentally,
according to Fort.
"He just was really stressed out internally after the Belmont," Fort said. "He
changed colors, had skin disease. He wasn't that bright bay like he was in the
spring. He's a dirty brown. Mentally, he wasn't the same."
Invisible Ink, who finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes in his last start, left trainer
Todd Pletcher's Saratoga barn Friday and was vanned to the Rood and Riddle
Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky., for a thorough examination from Dr. Larry
Bramlage. After that, he is scheduled to go to Lambholm South, a farm run by
Junior Serna in Ocala, Fla.
"We'll get him ready for Florida," Fort said. "He's been such a wonderful horse for
us, it'd be a shame to run him right now."
Fort plans to bring Invisible Ink back to the races at Gulfstream Park, where he won
two allowance races and was third behind Monarchos in the Florida Derby.
Monarchos, who finished sixth in the Preakness and third in the Belmont, was
declared out for the year after suffering a hairline fracture of his right knee.