Shared Belief, the heavily favored California invader who pulled up midway through Saturday’s Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, suffered a non-displaced fracture on the point of his right hip, co-owner Jim Rome said on Twitter yesterday evening.

The veterinarian’s prescription is stall rest, and the horse’s prognosis is excellent, Rome added.

Though sent off as the 3-10 favorite and heavily played in the show pools by bridgejumpers expecting to earn a quick and easy five percent on their money, Shared Belief never was much involved in the race.  After stumbling at the start, he raced wide and towards the rear of the field before jockey Mike Smith pulled him up about a half-mile from home.

He just seemed to slip in behind and wasn’t comfortable,” Smith said afterwards.  “The safe thing to do at that point was to get back in one piece.”

Rome credited Smith for pulling Shared Belief out of the race.

Shared Belief had won 10 of 11 starts prior to Saturday, including five Grade 1 events, and earned a reputation as perhaps the best racehorse in the world.  His lone defeat had come in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, when he was bothered at the gate and ultimately finished fourth, less than four lengths behind winner Bayern. Shared Belief is trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for a partnership including Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Hollendorfer himself, and others.