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Last horse standing? Win Willy withdraws from the Kentucky Derby

The winner of the Rebel Stakes won’t be racing on Saturday. From The Daily Racing Form-

Win Willy, the Rebel Stakes winner, has the beginnings of a fracture in his left front pastern and will not run in Saturday’s 135th Kentucky Derby, trainer Mac Robertson said Wednesday morning.

“We took X-rays and on one of the X-rays there’s a small line in the pastern going up into the ankle,” Robertson said. “Three out of the four vets who looked at the X-ray said it looks like something that could spiral up into the cannon bone. He’s not off on it, he’s not sore, but there’s something that’s getting started. Most things start out as little problems and if you look away they become big problems.”

Race horses are fragile animals. They are property(not pets as myth would tell you) to horse owners. Owners don’t want to risk the loss of their property even if a Derby win would raise the value many times over.

Win Willy is the third recent withdrawal from the race. The others were Quality Road and Take the Points. Are we in danger of no race this weekend?

Entries for the Derby were to be taken at noon on Wednesday. With Win Willy out, a field of 19 is expected.

The Run for the Roses is safe.

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