Win Willy out of Derby with possible ankle injury

Apr 29, 2009 10:47 PM
Staff & Wire Reports |

Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy is out of the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Mac Robertson scratched the 3-year-old colt from Saturday's Run for the Roses after X-rays revealed a possible crack in the horse's left front ankle.

Win Willy burst onto the Derby scene in an upset at the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, knocking off Old Fashioned as a 56-1 longshot. He finished fourth in his last start in the Arkansas Derby.

Robertson said the horse was being examined Tuesday as a precaution when the crack was noticed and that Win Willy will be given a few months off to recuperate.

Win Willy is the latest of several scratches from the Derby, joining Florida Derby winner Quality Road and Square Eddie.

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