04/12/2010 12:00AM

No Kentucky Derby for Aikenite


Aikenite, who beat only one horse in the Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland, will not press forward and run in the Kentucky Derby, Cot Campbell, who runs the Dogwood Farms partnership which owns Aikenite, said Monday.

"He's out. We're not thinking about the Derby," Campbell said from his office in Aiken, S.C. "We wanted to see him run a good race. He did not run well enough to entertain thoughts of the Derby."

Aikenite was 24th in graded stakes earnings following Saturday's races. His defection, and the uncertain status of a few horses above him on the graded earnings list, could help runners like Make Music for Me and Setsuko get into the Derby.