04/08/2011 6:31PM

Jaycito to miss Santa Anita Derby

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Barbara D. Livingston
Jaycito is still being pointed for the Kentucky Derby.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jaycito was withdrawn from Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Friday afternoon by trainer Bob Baffert, who said the colt's bruised right front foot had not recovered sufficiently to allow for a start.

Baffert said Jaycito was diagnosed with an abscess after a workout at Hollywood Park on March 22, and that the foot has been tender in recent days. As recently as Friday morning, Baffert was hoping that Jaycito's foot would improve enough to allow for a race.

"He needs a few days off to get him right," Baffert said on Friday afternoon. "The area is just tender."

Baffert said the foot has been slow to respond, which he said surprised him. "For some reasons, it hasn't changed," Baffert said. "I thought we had a hold of it pretty well."

Jaycito's foot will be treated by Florida blacksmith Curtis Burns, who Baffert said was flying to California this weekend to examine the colt. "He's very good," Baffert said. "If he can't fix it, no one can."

If Jaycito responds to treatment and does not miss too much training, Baffert is hopeful that the colt can start in the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 23 in advance of an intended start in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7.

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Owned by Zayat Stables, Jaycito has one victory in five starts, the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Hollywood Park last fall when trained by Mike Mitchell. Jaycito joined Baffert's stable after a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November.

In his lone start for Baffert, Jaycito was second to Premier Pegasus in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 12.

As a result of the scratch, the Santa Anita Derby is left with an expected field of nine. On Thursday, Premier Pegasus, the 8-5 morning line favorite was withdrawn because of a hairline fracture of a cannon bone. Jaycito briefly inherited the role of favorite until his withdrawal was announced.

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After the scratch of Jaycito, Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White issued another revision to his morning-line. From the rail, the remaining field is Offlee Wild Boys (30-1), Indian Winter (8-1), Mr. Commons (4-1), Silver Medallion (5-2 morning-line favorite), Comma to the Top (7-2), Midnight Interlude (20-1), Quail Hill (30-1), Anthony's Cross (3-1), and Bench Points (8-1).