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Animal Kingdom gets green light to resume training at Fair Hill
ELKTON, Md. – Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, will begin jogging under tack next week in his Fair Hill training center barn as he attempts a second comeback to the races later this year.
On Monday, Animal Kingdom was vanned from Fair Hill to the New Bolton Center and underwent a bone scan that showed no signs of the injury that forced his connections to cancel a scheduled trip to the $10 million Dubai World Cup in March.
Dr. Dean Richardson reviewed the bone scan and "he couldn’t see any signs of the injury that prevented him from going to Dubai," trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday.
Animal Kingdom was scheduled to return to Motion’s Fair Hill barn Tuesday afternoon and would likely be put under tack starting Monday, Motion said. Animal Kingdom would likely jog for three to four weeks, Motion said.
Motion said that if all goes well, Animal Kingdom could make a return this fall.
"It’s really encouraging," Motion said. We’re right on schedule for what they said."
Animal Kingdom suffered a hind leg fracture in last year’s Belmont Stakes and underwent surgery. He returned to the races in February with a solid allowance win on turf at Gulfstream that was to be his prep for the Dubai World Cup over the synthetic surface at Meydan on March 31.
However, Animal Kingdom came out of a March 10 workout with a hind end stress fracture that forced him to miss that race.
Best wishes to Graham Motion and all connections. i love you Animal Kingdom!
Could we possibly see A.K. in November in a Breeders Cup race ? Sure hope so !
animal kingdom has sure taken along time to recover,but you know he is a great horse and deserves the care @attention he gets.how many horses WIN the derby?
Might as well race him because his pedigree doesn't scream commercial success.
Well Mr Rob Beaudoin, I am indeed a real Race fan and I an sorry for not quantifying my crude remark to retire AK. AS you well know race horses are being retired very early after their three year mark and especially if there are any success to them.It is nor secret that AK would bring in tons in the breeding shed and so I am torn in my regard to the Horse who keeps getting injured and my disdain for owners who will always look to pleasing their syndicates and not in the best interest of the animal.
Animal kingdom annoys me too, Don't why either, I'm counting him out to hit the board on debut unless he race againt allowance!! I still like shackleford to kick him ass in a rematch..
Don't run him, sent Animal kingdom to stud farm, remember barbaro?
I think this year's bunch of 3 year old's is underrated - although lacking monster figs - it's a deep group and the horses peaking now may not be the best come the fall. As for Animal Kingdom - when right, he has a very exciting turn of foot on any surface.
Best wishes on a successful return to racing for Animal Kingdom. I will look forward to seeing him run again, win again.
Yawn, this horse annoys me. I don't know why. he just does.
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