`Samurai' won't run in Derby

Horse racing

April 18, 2006

A distant fifth-place finish behind Sinister Minister in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes has taken First Samurai out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby.

The son of Giant's Causeway, winner of the Grade I Hopeful and Champagne Stakes at 2 years old and winner via disqualification of this year's Grade II Fountain of Youth, finished more than 30 lengths behind Sinister Minister in his first attempt at 1 1/8 miles. Trainer Frank Brothers said there would be no attempt at the Derby's 1 1/4 miles.

"He seems to have come out of his race in good order," Brothers said. "The race Saturday just didn't work out for him. He's not going to run in the Kentucky Derby and there are no immediate plans for him right now. We'll figure out something for him."

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