Aiken-trained horse won't run in Derby

By: ASSOCIATED PRESS
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS

April 27, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- Quality Road won't run in the Kentucky Derby.

Expected to be among the favorites, Quality Road missed a final workout Monday morning at Belmont Park and was declared out of Saturday's Run for the Roses by trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

"We couldn't train him so we decided we couldn't run him," Jerkens said. "He just isn't sound enough."

Quality Road developed a quarter crack on his right hind foot late last week, and missed significant training. He galloped Sunday on Belmont's training track, and Jerkens found a spot of blood on the newly patched crack.

On Monday morning, Jerkens noticed the colt's foot was sore and that he was favoring it.

Quality Road has won 3 of 4 starts, including the Florida Derby.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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