Cairo Prince Injured, Out of Kentucky Derby

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Holy Bull Stakes winner Cairo Prince, who was ranked 20th on the Kentucky Derby point standings last week, will miss this year’s big race due to an injured ankle. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Cairo Prince came out of an April 13 breeze at Palm Meadows “a little jammed up” and that initially he was thought to have a foot issue because the colt had some foot problems in the past.


“We thought it was his foot and we had been working on his foot all week and his foot got better but he really didn’t get better,” the trainer said. “So we X-rayed him and he X-rayed fine. We need help from Dr. Bramlage to find out what’s wrong because the X-rays are fine, but he’s injured his left fetlock.”

“We not sure exactly what it is,” said McLaughlin. “We need (equine surgeon Larry) Bramlage to help us out. Hopefully it will be fine and he won’t need surgery and be back this summer sometime, but we’ll have to see.”

“It’s a very sad day,” McLaughlin said. “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. 

“He’s not missed a day of training since September. Hopefully we still have a horse and he’s fine. I hope it’s not too serious and there’s no infection and we’re okay for later because he’s a damn nice horse.”

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