Kentucky Derby dreams shattered as favourite Life Is Good is injured

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Life Is Good: injury emerged after workout under exercise rider Juan Ochoa at Santa Anita. Photo: Benoit

By Nicholas Godfrey

USA: Shock news from the US on Saturday where Kentucky Derby favourite Life Is Good is injured and off the Triple Crown trail.

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Six-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert broke the news on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita, where the unbeaten colt had seemingly come through a morning workout in good shape.

However, it later emerged that the son of Into Mischief had sustained an apparent hind-leg injury that will rule him out of the Santa Anita Derby on April 3 and beyond.

“He came back to the barn after the work and was off when he turned,” Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. “We have to do more tests on him. It’s nothing obvious.”

Life Is Good was 4-1 favourite for the Kentucky Derby in bookmakers’ ante-post lists ahead of Baffert stablemate Concert Tour. He covered 6f under regular exercise rider Juan Ochoa in 1m11.40s in his first proper workout since his eight-length victory in the G2 San Felipe Stakes a fortnight ago.

“He worked beautifully,” Baffert added. “When he came back he took a funny step. When he turns you notice it a little bit. We won’t know more until we do a nuclear scan on him.”

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Baffert added that the injury was not career-threatening. “There is always a possibility every day we go to work, but he’s going to be fine,” Baffert said, speaking to LA Radio. “It’s disappointing because he’s such an exciting horse.”

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