Scratch The Pamplemousse from Kentucky Derby Future Book wagers.
The son of Kafwain, down as low as 7-1 for the Run for the Roses on May 2 at some Las Vegas venues, "will not run in the Kentucky Derby," said Alex Solis II Sunday. Solis II is the son of jockey Alex Solis, and a part owner of The Pamplemousse.
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The Pamplemousse was the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s
Santa Anita Derby, but was scratched around 10 a.m. when heat was discovered in
his left front leg during a routine examination by Dr. Jill Bailey,
veterinarian representing the Califronia Horse Racing Board.
"He has a small lesion (on the leg) and we’ll do the best thing by the horse," Solis said. "We’re grateful that Julio (trainer Julio Canani) scratched yesterday. The Pamplemousse will run again. His time off will be indefinte but it will be longer than six months."
The Pamplemousse had won the Grade III San Rafael Stakes and the Grade II Sham Stakes prior to his expected start in the Santa Anita Derby. The gray Kentucky-bred had three wins from five starts, with earnings of $209,280.
Pioneerof The Nile went on to win the mile and an eighth Santa Anita Derby in a time of 1:49.17. Chocolate Candy finished second and Mr. Hot Stuff was third.