Kentucky Derby 2011: Animal Kingdom Victorious, Archarcharch Injured

Team Valor International’s homebred Animal Kingdom came from off the pace and roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Second in the classic race was Nehro with Mucho Macho Man finished third. Front-running Shackleford finished fourth.

The pace was tepid in the Derby as Shackleford let the field through splits of :23.74, :48.63, and 1:13.40. The mile was run in 1:37.49.

The final time for the 11/4 miles was 2:02.04. John Velazquez rode the winner for trainer Graham Motion. Velazquez was the jockey for Uncle Mo, who was scratched from the race May 6. He replaced Robby Albarado who was injured in a fall earlier in the week.

Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 shot, came to the Derby off a win in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes on March 26 at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The Kentucky Derby was only his second start on dirt.

Archarcharch, who broke from Post 1, was pulled up after the finish line. The colt was taken, via equine ambulance, back to his stall, where he underwent a radiographic examination. 

The colt was diagnosed with a lateral condylar fracture (one occurring on the outer half of the bone) in his left foreleg and will undergo surgery, however the injury is not life-threatening.

"Archarcharch is fine," said Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, the American Association of Equine Practitioners "On Call" veterinarian at Derby. "He finished the race and didn’t show any distress until he actually finished his running. He’ll require surgery but it’s not an emergency situation. He’ll probably spend the night in his stall. It will depend on what’s best for him. He’ll require screws to be placed in the ankle. It’s something we do all the time. It’s not a life-threatening injury."

In the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (a race on the Derby undercard), Battle of Hastings also suffered a lateral condylar fracture in his right foreleg. He will also undergo surgery.

A record crowd of 164,858 was on hand under the Twin Spires, topping the mark of 163,628 set for the Derby’s 100th running in 1974.


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Evan Hammonds

Evan Hammonds is the Executive Editor for The Blood-Horse.

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