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Florida Derby winner Constitution will not run in any of this year’s Triple Crown races including the Kentucky Derby. It was discovered on April 14th that Constitution has a hairline fracture in his right front cannon bone.
The undefeated son of Tapit breezed a half mile in :50 3/5 on Sunday morning at Palm Meadows. The fracture was discovered the next morning.
“This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career,” Pletcher said. “I really feel Constitution was our biggest chance to win the Kentucky Derby since Super Saver. My routine with all my horses is to jog them down the road, and I noticed he was slightly off (Monday). Dr. Yarborough took x-rays that revealed a slight hairline in his shin. Thankfully, it’s nothing very serious, and Constitution will be back to 100% after a little time. The timing is just a real shame for everyone involved, but the Derby doesn’t define a horse’s career.”
Constitution owns a perfect record of three wins in three starts to earn his number 7 ranking in the Kentucky Derby Point Standings. Bred in Kentucky by Grapestock and Fox Hill Farms, he was a $400,000 purchase at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.