04/04/2009 11:00PM

The Pamplemousse out six months


ARCADIA, Calif. - The Pamplemousse, scratched from Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby because of concern over a tendon, will miss the Kentucky Derby and be out of training for six months to a year because of a lesion on the tendon of his left foreleg, according to co-owner Alex Solis II.

Solis said that tests conducted on Sunday morning revealed the extent of the injury. Trained by Julio Canani, The Pamplemousse was considered one of the top California-based contenders for the Kentucky Derby until the injury was detected.

"We'll give him a significant amount of time," Solis said. "He's not done yet by any means. If Julio Canani wants to give him six months, he can give him six months. If he wants to give him a year, he can give him a year. I have full confidence in Julio Canani.

"We've had a great run with this horse, and he's given us a lot."

Owned by a partnership, The Pamplemousse has won 3 of 5 starts and $209,280. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 3 San Rafael Stakes and Grade 3 Sham Stakes.