Injury knocks out another Derby contender

04/21/2014 09:48 AM

Holy Bull winner Cairo Prince, considered one of the early Derby favorites, has injured his near-fore fetlock and will miss the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

“We’re not sure exactly what it is,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “Hopefully it will be fine and he won’t need surgery and be back this summer sometime, but we’ll have to see.”

The colt left his training center in Florida over the weekend bound for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington to meet with equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage to determine the extent of the injury.

McLaughlin said he had noticed an issue early last week after breezing Cairo Prince and believed it to be his foot because the colt has had foot issues in the past. But after x-rays were clean McLaughlin called the doctor.

“We’re hoping there’s no infection; that it’s all superficial,” he said. “It’s too close to make the Derby. We need Dr. Bramlage to help us out.”

“It’s a very sad day,” McLaughlin went on to say. “For all the owners… it’s so sad and so tough. All my staff and all my family… it’s the toughest day of my career as a trainer.”

Cairo Prince is owned by Godolphin Stables, Terry Murray, Paul Braverman, Harvey Clarke and Craig Robertson III.


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