09/03/2011 5:41PM

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom to resume exercising


Animal Kingdom, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, has been given the green light to resume training and will be pointed toward the Dubai World Cup next spring, his ownership group, Team Valor International, announced on Saturday in a press release.

Animal Kingdom has not raced since being injured in the Belmont Stakes. He then underwent surgery to stabilize a hairline fracture of his left hock. The surgery was performed at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center by Dr. Dean  Richardson, best known for operating on ill-fated 2006 Derby winner Barbaro.

According to Team Valor, Animal Kingdom will begin exercising on an aqua-tred at the Fair Hill training center this month. He then will progress to jogging in October, and galloping in November. Animal Kingdom is trained by Graham Motion.