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Return to racing uncertain for Archarcharch

LOUISVILLE — Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch was scheduled to have surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic Sunday afternoon after suffering a condylar fracture to his left front leg during his 15th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Jinks Fires, who was saddling his first Derby starter after 50 years of conditioning horses, said Dr. Larry Bramlage informed him that as long as there was no major cartilage damage, the son of Arch could eventually return to racing.

"I was saying (the Derby) was like living a beautiful dream and then it turns into a nightmare," Fires said. "The good news is it was not a life-threatening deal. (Trainer) Larry Jones told me, 'Jinks, at least you got to feed yours last night.'"

Grade I winner Comma to the Top is also slated to have surgery after emerging from his last-place Derby finish with a chipped left front ankle, an injury that could sideline him for eight to 12 weeks.

Louisiana Derby winner Pants On Fire was found to have bled significantly while running ninth in the Kentucky Derby and was all but ruled out for the Preakness.

Also Sunday, trainer Todd Pletcher said there was no new progress to report where champion Uncle Mo was concerned. The son of Indian Charlie was scratched from the Derby on Friday because of the ongoing effects of a gastrointestinal infection and is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the Triple Crown.

"I don't see any way he makes the Preakness, and trying to get to the Belmont off no races since the Wood Memorial ... I don't see any way he makes any of the Triple Crown races," Pletcher said.

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