Problem with Hind Leg
By Dick Downey
Bob Baffert has removed McKinzie, one of the top-rated colts for the Kentucky Derby, from consideration for the Santa Anita Derby.
According to a report by Jeremy Balan at BloodHorse.com, a hind-leg problem was first noticed two days ago at Santa Anita.
"A couple of days ago it came up. They noticed it, just a little bit. He didn't go to the track, we thought it was a foot," Baffert said from Dubai, where he's been since last weekend for today's World Cup program. "We X-rayed him, we scanned him, and there was something that came high on the scan. The X-rays were clean.... But when he came back, he 100 percent jogged fine. I don't know what it was, but we're being very cautious."
Baffert is unsure what the issue is, but he's already decided McKinzie won't compete in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
"There was an issue, and then he was fine the next day, he was sound. He's not going to make the Santa Anita Derby. He's definitely out," Baffert told Balan.
The trainer told Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form, "We don’t know if he did it in the stall or what, because he was fine. They noticed he was a little bit off. He didn’t go to the track. The X-rays are clean. Ankles look good, hocks - something came up high on the nuke scan. When he got back. he 100 percent jogged fine. I don’t know what it was, but we’re being very cautious. It’s day by day, week by week."
Baffert opened the door for Justify to stay home for the Santa Anita Derby, saying it would depend on how he works on Sunday.