Kentucky Derby Hopeful Sidelined by Ankle Fracture

Sierra Sunset, a three-length winner of the $300,000 Rebel March 15 at Oaklawn Park, has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jeff Bonde reported.

"It's not bad enough to require surgery, but the colt will miss 60 to 90 days," Bonde said by phone from his Bay Meadows barn March 20.

Sierra Sunset, a bay California-bred Bertrando colt, was being prepared for the $1 million Arkansas Derby April 12.

"We understand this is part of the game," Bonde said, "but of course this is very disappointing. He is a sound colt, he has danced every dance, he had a clean trip in the Rebel, and he appeared to come out of the race fine. The first set of X rays were clean, but when we took a second set, we found the hairline. He will take the next available flight back to California, and we'll go from there."

(Originally published at BloodHorse.com.)  

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