04/17/2013 12:49PM

Kentucky Derby: Govenor Charlie examined for foot problem

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Govenor Charlie was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital.

Govenor Charlie, the Sunland Derby winner and an intended starter in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., after arriving in Kentucky from California.

"We had a hind foot issue a couple days ago, so I want to make sure we didn't miss anything," trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday.

Early Wednesday evening, Baffert reported, "So far, so good," on the results of the precautionary tests, and said Govenor Charlie was scheduled to return to Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon to begin final preparations for the Derby.

Baffert said War Academy underwent a similar examination, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, after being pulled up Saturday in the Arkansas Derby. Baffert said War Academy checked out well and was already back at Churchill Downs.

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