Cynthia Phipps' Saarland came out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby with a bone chip in his left front ankle, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Sunday morning. The son of Unbridled, sent off as the co-second choice in the wagering at 6.90-1, finished a dull 10th in the race after falling far back in the early going under jockey John Velazquez.
The Unbridled colt was scheduled to be sent on Sunday to Lexington's Rood and Riddle veterinary hospital, where Dr. Larry Bramlage would evaluate the injury and perform arthroscopic surgery to remove the chip. McGaughey assistant Graham Wolfram said some heat was detected in the ankle on Sunday morning and X-rays confirmed the injury. "It was a newly formed chip, which makes us believe it happened in the race," said Wolfram.
There was no indication how long the surgery would leave Saarland on the sidelines.