The trainer of Endorsement says her colt
has an ankle injury and will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Shannon Ritter said she noticed the injury after
Endorsement walked off the track at Churchill Downs following a
half-mile workout Wednesday morning.
The racing manager for the Endorsement's owner WinStar Farm said
X-rays showed a fracture of the right front ankle. Racing manager
Elliott Walden says the colt will have surgery in a few days, but
it's too early to determine whether the injury is
Endorsement won the Sunland Derby, and was considered a long
shot for the Kentucky Derby.
The field for the Derby will be determined later Wednesday at
the post position draw.