04/27/2011 1:40PM

Kentucky Derby: Silver Medallion out

Shigeki Kikkawa
Silver Medallion will get a breather after two races within two weeks.

Silver Medallion, who finished fourth in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, is not under consideration for the May 7 Kentucky Derby, a decision that affects the graded stakes earnings list and moves Anthony's Cross into the bubble at number 21.

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Both Steve Asmussen, who trains Silver Medallion, and Mike Ryan, the colt's co-owner, said Wednesday that Silver Medallion would be freshened following two races in 14 days. Silver Medallion ran in the Lexington just two weeks after a fourth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby.

Silver Medallion had been number 21 on the graded stakes earnings list for the Derby, which has a maximum 20-horse field. His defection makes Anthony's Cross the next horse eligible to get if in there is a defection from the 20 horses currently in the field.

Anthony's Cross is based at Hollywood Park and will work there on Sunday, trainer Eoin Harty said.