LOUISVILLE — Wood Memorial Stakes winner I Want Revenge, who became the first morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby to be scratched the day of the race, has some minor damage to a ligament in his left front ankle, veterinarian Dr. Foster Northrop said Sunday.
I Want Revenge was declared out of the Derby when trainer Jeff Mullins detected some heat in the ankle Saturday morning.
Northrop confirmed the ligament damage following a scan Sunday morning and said the plan remains for the colt to ship to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital on Monday for an MRI.
"There is some inflammation in the one ligament which basically fits what we were thinking," Northrop said. "As far as a prognosis goes and what does it mean, the MRI will give us more detail. We may not have the results until Tuesday."
Northrop said from what he has seen to this point, he does not believe the injury is career-ending, but "again, it depends on what we see in the MRI.
"If it's just a minor lesion in one of the ligaments it could be as short as 60 days off," he said. "If it's a lot more significant it could be as long as six months."
The nature of I Want Revenge's injury is one that can develop over time, according to Northrop, and not fully manifest itself until days or weeks after the initial damage has taken place.
"It could have happened in the Wood Memorial and it's just taken this long to show itself. Some people don't believe that but I see it all the time," Northrop said. "I commend the owners and trainer tremendously because it is so easy to lose sight of reality Derby week and they didn't hesitate to do the right thing."
Quality Road possible for Belmont Stakes
NEW YORK — Quality Road has returned to the racetrack after being pulled from Kentucky Derby consideration because of a quarter crack in his hoof.
The Florida Derby winner galloped 1¼ miles Sunday at Belmont Park.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Quality Road remains a possibility to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, the final leg of the Triple Crown.
"Everything will have to go perfectly," he said.
Quality Road developed a quarter crack on the inside of his right front hoof on April 23. Although treated and covered with a supportive acrylic patch, the crack did not respond quickly enough, and Jerkens pulled him from Derby consideration two days later.
The colt likely would have been the wagering favorite in the Derby, which was won by 50-1 shot Mine That Bird in a 6¾-length romp.
"It was weird," Jerkens said. "I can't imagine Quality Road would back up like the rest of them did. I can't understand so many horses backing up like that."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.