05/15/2012 1:42PM

Animal Kingdom gets green light to resume training at Fair Hill

Barbara D. Livingston
The hind end stress fracture Animal Kingdom suffered in March has completely healed, according to a Monday bone scan.

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.