LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 3 (UPI) -- Toby's Corner, a surprise winner in the Wood Memorial, has come up lame and will not run in the Kentucky Derby Saturday, trainer Graham Motion said.
Motion told the Steeplechase Times veterinarian Dean Richardson informed him Tuesday morning the 3-year-old colt is lame in the left hind leg. Richardson is the veterinarian who cared for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Toby's Corner had upset favorite Uncle Mo in the Wood Memorial, a key race in the run-up to the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.
Owned by Dianne Cotter, Toby's Corner has won four of six career starts for $722,240. Besides the Wood, the chestnut colt won the Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct in February and was third in the Gotham Stakes four weeks later.
With Toby's Corner out of derby contention, Lexington Stakes winner Derby Kitten will likely gain more interest among handicappers assessing the field. Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, the colt is trained by Mike Maker, who also conditions Derby entrant Twinspired.