Animal Kingdom readied for return to Maryland

'Arch' retired

May 10, 2011|By From Sun staff and news services

Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby, took an early-morning walk around Barn 22 at Churchill Downs on Monday as he prepared to spend his last day of the spring in Louisville.

"We are going to leave early, sometime around 5:30 or 6," assistant trainer Dave Rock said of the journey to the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. "He is doing good and eating good, as always."

The van ride to Maryland was expected to take 11 to 12 hours. Animal Kingdom will prepare for the Preakness at Fair Hill and ship to Pimlico Race Course a day or two before the May21 race.

Animal Kingdom will have company at Pimlico on Preakness Day as trainer Graham Motion plans to bring last year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account to Baltimore for the $100,000 Gallorette at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. The Gallorette will be Shared Account's 2011 debut.

More on the Preakness field

Twenty horses remain in consideration for the Preakness.

In addition to Animal Kingdom, six other Derby runners — Nehro, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford, Sativa, Dialed In and Midnight Interlude — remain candidates. The field is limited to 14 starters.

The 13 new shooters being considered for the Preakness are: Jerome runner-up Astrology; Concealed Identity, winner of Pimlico's Federico Tesio on Saturday; Dance City, the third-place finisher in the Arkansas Derby; Flashpoint, winner of the Hutcheson Stakes; King Congie, winner of the Tropical Park Derby and stakes-placed in his last two starts; Mr. Commons, the third-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby; Norman Asbjornson, runner-up in the Gotham and the fourth-place finisher in the Wood Memorial; Prime Cut, the runner-up in the Coolmore Lexington; Ruler on Ice, second in the Tesio; Sway Away, who was fourth in the Arkansas Derby; The Factor, winner of the Rebel.

Harlan's Hello and Isn't He Perfect were added to the list of candidates on Monday afternoon.

Archarcharch retired

Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch has been retired from racing after suffering an injury during Saturday's Kentucky Derby. The colt underwent surgery Sunday for a broken leg.

"The horse came through it really good, but there was too much cartilage damage for him to ever race again at that high level," owner Bob Yagos said Monday morning. "We've started looking for a stud farm to send him [in Kentucky]. Every farm has called and inquired. If you watch the race, he stumbles out of the gate and Jon's [jockey Jon Court] saddle slips pretty badly. It says something that that is probably where the injury happened and yet he still went out there and was trying to pass horses and never really gave Jon any indications that something was that seriously wrong until the very end. It's a shame, but he showed a lot of heart."

Trained by Jinks Fires, Archarcharch finishes his career with three wins in seven starts for $832,744. Along with an Arkansas Derby win, the colt won the Sugar Bowl Stakes as a 2-year-old and the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in February.

Veterinarian Larry Bramlage performed the surgery for a fractured condylar bone of the left front leg at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

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