Ankle Injury Knocks Barbican out of Derby Picture

Ankle Injury Knocks Barbican out of Derby Picture
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An ankle injury has knocked Darley Stable's Barbican out of consideration for the 132nd running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and wagering on the colt has been suspended in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

The injury was discovered following a light breeze by the Eoin Harty-trained colt at Florida's Palm Meadows training center Thursday. Jimmy Bell, president of U.S. operations for Darley Stable, told a Churchill Downs official that the son of A.P. Indy suffered what he described as a "small fracture" in his right hind ankle. He said the injury does not appear to be career threatening, but it does eliminate any chance that Barbican could make it to the May 6 Kentucky Derby.

The colt, a brother to 2001 2-year-old filly champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Tempera, has a career record of 2-0-0 in three races with earnings of $32,790.

Wagering on Barbican has been suspended in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which opened its four-day run on Thursday. Odds on Barbican, who was program number three (3) among the 24 betting interests, stood at 49-1 at the end of the opening day of the pool. He was listed at 20-1 in Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia's Pool 2 morning line and had closed at odds of 18-1 in KDFW Pool 1, which ran from Jan. 26-29.

Money wagered on Barbican will remain in the pool. There are no refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

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